Capacity Development and Institutional Support

 Nurse Initiation Management of ART Training (NIMART)

HEAIDS has facilitated Nurse Initiated Antiretroviral Therapy Training through its partnership with the Department of Health and the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD).

This initiative in support of Campus Health Services has been taken towards the expansion of HIV treatment and ART and TB diagnostics services. This will assist nurses and health care workers to respond to HIV, TB and STI treatment and case management.

99 nurses applied and 74 from 21 institutions were selected for the five day programme which was rolled out on a regional basis from the end of July 2012.

This partnership with the Department of Health represents an enormous cost value to HEAIDS inclusive of the training and food and accommodation costs for five days.

Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT)

HEAIDS in partnership with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and with the support of USAID and PEPFAR, is co-ordinating training interventions to support Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) through the development of well-trained Lay Support Group Facilitators (SGFs) and Trainers at Universities.

Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT) training is aimed at supporting newly diagnosed individuals with psychosocial support, including to come to terms with the diagnosis, gain valuable knowledge, build confidence, and explore health care management strategies.

The first objective of I ACT is to increase the number of qualified I ACT trainers in universities in order to up-scale the roll out of I ACT in synergy with the First Things First Thing Campaign.  On completion of the Training of Trainers, qualified I ACT trainers would mentor or lead HIV support groups within their respective institutions. The second objective is to provide structured training for support group facilitators so as to strengthen and manage the group’s affairs and future developmental initiatives.

USAID/PEPFAR through FPD is covering logistics, which includes venue, catering, facilitators and all I ACT manuals.  Due to donor restrictions FPD cannot cover costs for travel, accommodation or subsistence allowances for participants.

Participation in I ACT provides universities with an opportunity to adopt the I ACT model which is to become the National Department of Health’s standard for treatment, care and support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Six facilitators have thus far been trained.

Number of facilitators trained

RegionsNumber of facilitators trained
Gauteng/North West5
Total trained6

Basic HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Training

HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) is critical to identify HIV infection before an AIDS-defining disease develops. Advanced-level HIV Counselling and Testing has become a healthcare discipline in its own right.  A healthcare provider with HCT skills plays an integral and continuous role in the HIV/AIDS medical management team.

From March 2012 to August 2012 USAID/PEPFAR supported the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) to train a total of 166 people from Higher Education Institutions in Basic HCT.

The training involved a facilitated three-day workshop and assessment which followed self-study based on an comprehensive self-study guide.

The course aims to provide healthcare practitioners with appropriate knowledge and skills to:

  • be conversant with the basic medical aspects of HIV and AIDS
  • understand the objectives, background and theory of HCT
  • know the obligations and duties of the Health Professional
  • know the rights of people with HIV/AIDS
  • apply the principles ofHCT as a one-off diagnostic process
  • apply the principles of HCT as part of on-going patient support
  • be conversant with relevant legal aspects

Number of people trained in Basic HCT

RegionsNumber of participants expectedNumber of participants trained
1Free State4340
2Western Cape3020
3Kwa Zulu Natal4017
4Eastern Cape4032