HIV/AIDS Management Systems
Course Summary:

This course aims to equip participants with the necessary skills to deal with HIV/AIDS in different care, counselling and educational situations in the multicultural South African context. The course offers participants the opportunity to: disseminate correct and relevant information on HIV/AIDS in the community; facilitate the breakdown of negative attitudes, stereotypes and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS; promote HIV/AIDS prevention strategies in the community; counsel clients on various HIV/AIDS aspects; provide pre- and post-HIV test counselling; deal with cultural and sexual diversity; apply basic legal and ethical issues in various contexts; understand the basic principles of home-based care; use resources and be able to participate in networking; develop and facilitate educational programmes 

Course Objectives:

  • Self- and target group assessment 
  • Principles of adult learning 
  • Selecting and utilising training technology and methods 
  • Planning and designing training modules, programmes and workshops 
  • Facilitation and co-facilitation skills 
  • Evaluation of training content and process 
  • Giving and receiving feedback 
  • Managing stress 

Course Outline

Fundamental facts about HIV/AIDS 

  • HIV and the immune system 
  • Transmission of HIV 
  • HIV/AIDS related symptoms and diseases (including TB and STI's) 
  • Diagnosis of HIV infection and Aids 
  • Management of HIV infection 

Prevention and empowerment in the HIV/AIDS context 

  • Principles and strategies of behavioural change 
  • Principles of adult education 
  • Safer sex practices 
  • Sexuality education and life skills training for school children (optional) 
  • Sexual and cultural diversity 

HIV/AIDS Counselling 

  • Basic counselling principles and skills 
  • Counselling in diverse contexts 
  • Pre- and post-HIV test counselling 
  • Spiritual and bereavement counselling 

Care and Support 

  • Home-based care 
  • Support for orphans and other vulnerable children 
  • Infection control 
  • Care and nursing principles (optional) 
  • Positive living 
  • Care for the caregiver 

Legal, Ethical, Human rights and Management Issues 

  • Legal, ethical and management issues (hospitals, workplace, schools) 
  • Guidelines on confidentiality, informed consent and disclosure