HIV information session held for the staff of Center for Community Health and Disease Control, 2010

NARRATIVE REPORT

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This half day workshop was conducted to assess needs of the Maldivian workplace in regard to HIV/AIDS and convey the societal significance of HIV/AIDS in the workplace as part of the company policy for the benefit of both employers and their employees. This session was conducted for Center for Community Drug and Disease Control (CCHDC). Two sessions were conducted with a total of 34 employees participating.  The main objective of these sessions was to convey fundamental information on STIs and HIV/AIDS.

DEVELOPING THE WORKSHOP:

This session was planned as per a request from CCHDC.  Supplies and materials were prepared by the SHE Global Fund team. This session was held at CCHDC meeting room, 7th floor.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION:

The session was facilitated by Dr. Mausooma Kamaldeen, from SRHR department of SHE. She began the session with an icebreaker game, which will allow everyone to introduce each other and also be a bit familiar with the rest of the group.

After this a short presentation of HIV/AIDS was done. It included the following points:

  • The HIV/AIDS situation in the Maldives
  • What is HIV?
  • What are the modes of transmission?
  • What are the prevention measures for HIV/AIDS?

This presentation was followed by a card game.

The second part of the session was about sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). This presentation included;

  1. An overview at the statistics of STI worldwide and in Maldives.
  2. The different types of STI’s
  3. Symptoms of the disease
  4. How to prevent oneself from infection
  5. Methods of treatment

During the presentation the participants made some inquiries;

Q: Are STI’s permanent?

Dr. Mausooma informed that there are some STI’s that are lifelong diseases, such as Hepatitis B. But other STI’s referred to in the presentations are curable. On this note she highlighted on the importance of partner treatment, and advised everyone to take actions as such.

Q: Can someone get an STI by sharing a toilet?

Dr. Mausooma explained answered, and explained that behaviors like sharing food or living with a person having HIV carry no threat of transmission and actually how difficult it is to get into contact with HIV through our behavior. She then continued with the importance of safe sex and condom use and discusses issues with condoms within society and the workplace.

A discussion on the transmission and prevention methods was undertaken lead by the participants. Also in the end the group came in to the conclusion why these behaviors carry no threat of transmission and actually how difficult it is to get into contact with HIV through our behavior.

The workshop ended with further discussion and game in which risk associated activities relative to HIV were distributed and they were asked to differentiate the activities into classes of increasing risk for HIV/AIDS transmission.

EVALUATION OF THE SESSION:

The session ends on the note of the participants discussing the benefits of the workshop and the importance of such sessions within the workplace.

Achievements:

  • The facilitators and the participants all enjoyed the workshop.
  • Participants took part enthusiastically throughout the whole workshop.

The Participants highlighted gained knowledge at the end and acknowledged the importance workplace Policies to safeguard worker rights.

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget (MRF)

Actuals (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

GF

Other

1

Hall rent

2,100.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

2,100.00

No cost was incurred as the meeting was held at CCHDC meeting room

2

Refreshment

1,800.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1,800.00

No refreshment was provided as the training was conducted during the working hours.

3

Training Materials

1,300.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1,300.00

No cost was incurred as materials were provided by CCHDC
TOTALS

5,200.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

5,200.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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