Report of the Activities in May ‐ July 2007
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Update August 2007 By Dr. Fabian Toegel and Juri Mazumdar Report of the Activities May-July 2007 May 7, 2007 A new counselor, Niketa Sharma, was introduced to the HIV-project. May 21-25, 2007 HIV-Counselor-Training in Mumbai: The training was organized by Raki Nayar and Leo Vargis from WHARF (Wockhardt–Harvard Medical International HIV/AIDS Education and Research Foundation) in Mumbai for the staff of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Program of the Jeevan Jyoti Health Service Society, Meghnagar, and the Real Medicine Foundation, Los Angeles. Jimmy Nirmal, the project officer of JJHSS’s HIV-Project, as well as its five counselors, Maya Bariya, Niketa Sharma, Rajani Meida, Shashank Nagar and Shailendra Singh Thomar attended. The German volunteer Maximilian Norz joined the training sessions as well. During these five days, the WHARF center, HIV-information and –testing centers of several hospitals and NGOs located in Mumbai were visited, where the JJHSS staff learned useful knowledge and efficient strategies of counseling. Attached below is a more detailed report of the training days in Mumbai. May 23, 2007 BMHS-Doctors training: In the governmental Hospital of Jhabua (town), 25 local Doctors (Bachelors of Medicine) took part in a training session organized by Dr. Rathor, the Medical Officer of JJHSS. The purpose was to connect the general medical care of the area with our HIV-project. In addition to medical and sociological facts concerning AIDS, the young Doctors were taught which symptoms in a patient should lead to an immediate visit of one of the HIV-information and –testing centers. June 2007 June 1, 2007 The new I.C.T.C. (Integrated Counseling and Testing Center) in the town of Petlawad (north of Jhabua) was founded and placed in the governmental Hospital of Petlawad. Rajani Meida took on the position of HIV-counselor there. June 3, 2007 The new I.C.T.C. in the Village of Pitol was founded. The position of HIV-counselor was taken on by Niketa Sharma. A highly frequented Highway leading through Pitol offers the opportunity to counsel and test truckers, one of the most affected population groups. June 5, 2007 Organized by and sponsored by JJHSS, a large number of condoms were distributed to the citizens of Pitol on its weekly market and to truckers passing the village on the highway. June 7, 2007 Awareness program in the I.T.I. (Industrial Training Institute) of Jhabua (town): The I.T.I. is an Institution comparable to a lower level technical school, where local men and women are trained to be, e.g. electricians or mechanics. The counselors Jimmy Nirmal and Maya Bariya held a training session about the whole subject of HIV/AIDS in front of 96 people (84 male, 12 female), ages 18 through 32. Right and wrong types of behavior for AIDS-prevention were discussed, as well as how to have protected, safe sex, and medical facts to show the consequences and horrors of this disease. After three hours of explanations and examples, intelligent and interested questions were asked by the audience. The successful training increased the number of young people to be counseled and tested in the I.C.T.C. of Jhabua significantly. June 19, 2007 As on June 5, condoms were distributed to people in and around the village of Pitol. June 25, 2007 Medical officer, Dr. Rathor and project manager, Jimmy Nirmal went to the town of Alirajpur to visit its I.C.T.C., run by JJHSS counselor Shailendra Singh Thomar. Later, they had a meeting with Dr. Gupta, the BMO (Block-Medical-Officer) of the Block Alirajpur, and his team of local doctors. Dr. Gupta agreed to the plan to increase the number of cases to be referred by the doctors to the I.C.T.C.s with the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of the HIV-Project. 3 HIV-positive cases were discovered in the testing period of June, all of them in the Jeevan Jyoty Hospital of Meghnagar. July 2007 July 1, 2007 Nurses training in the governmental Hospital of Jhabua (town): The counselors Maya Bariya and Shashank Nagar held an HIV awareness training session for nurses from the whole district of Jhabua in the governmental Hospital of Jhabua. 35 to 40 joining nurses were taught the basics of counseling and the general facts concerning the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of AIDS. The main objective of these trainings is to increase the number of people to be referred to the I.C.T.C.s. July 4, 2007 Nurses training in the Jeevan Jyoti Hospital of Meghnagar: See under July 1. Counselor: Maya Bariya Number of Participants: 35-40 July 7, 2007 Nurses training in the Jeevan Jyoti Hospital of Meghnagar: See under July 1. Counselors: Maya Bariya and Jimmy Nirmal Participants: 35-40 July 9, 2007 Nurses training in the governmental Hospital of Jhabua (town): See under July 1. Counselors: Maya Bariya and Shashank Nagar Participants: 35-40 July 9, 2007 Examination Camp in Udaigar: In the village of Udaigar, Jimmy Nirmal and two nurses of the Jeevan Jyoti hospital staff set up a so- called examination camp in a small house provided by the community of Udaigar. 38 villagers were tested with Tridot-kits. The sad result: two doubtful and one positive reaction. July 10, 2007 Anganvadi training in Thandla: “Anganvadi” is the Hindi term for a status, mostly held by a woman, in charge of social and medical matters of the female population of a village. Issues are, e.g. maternity, infant illness or social problems, i.e. Marriage problems. In the village of Thandla, the HIV-project manager Jimmy Nirmal introduced nine of these Angadvadi-women from nine villages to the HIV-prevention and care program and asked them to send as many of the villagers as possible to the I.C.T.C.s. They promised their cooperation. July 14, 2007 RCH awareness training in Meghnagar: HIV-project manager Jimmy Nirmal and project officer Fr Sylvester organized a training session in the RCH-center of Meghnagar, an institution which provides help and counseling to young families with their daily problems. The purpose is to carry the HIV-issue into the families and allow them to talk about it in private. Including the session on the July 21, 2007, also led by Jimmy Nirmal and Fr Sylvester, 71 couples, 86 single women and 54 single men took part. July 16, 2007 Anganvadi training at the GFWTC (Governmental Field Workers Training Center) of Jhabua: 60 to 70 Anganvadis from the whole district of Jhabua joined the training at the GFWTC; an organization witch takes care of the countryside population. The counselors Maya Bariya and Shashank Nagar led the session. The topics were the same as on the July 9, 2007 in Thandla. The feedback showed motivation and the will to change things. July 21, 2007 RCH awareness training in Meghnagar: See under July 14. Counselors: Jimmy Nirmal and Father Sylvester July 23, 2007 Anganvadi training at the GFWTC of Jhabua: See under July 16. Counselors: Maya Bariya and Shashank Nagar Participants: 60-70 July 30, 2007 With the help of project manager Jimmy Nirmal, four HIV-positive patients were brought to the City of Indore where they were tested at the ART-Center and then referred for CD4 testing at the T. Chohitram Hospital of Indore. There, they were examined, counseled and given medical treatment. One of the HIV-positive patients, a pregnant lady, who was denied treatment in several hospitals, was admitted there for the caesarean. Furthermore, the administration of the governmental Hospitals of the towns of Thandla and Jobat agreed to do routine HIV-tests for every patient diagnosed with TB and for every pregnant woman, if the patients agree.