This blood camp was organized and conducted by Blood Transfusion in collaboration with Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) at Kuredhu Resort. The Global Fund team of SHE participated in the camp so as to provide information on HIV/AIDS. The total number of staff reached is 27. The camp spanned for over 8 hours and the information included fundamental information on STIs and HIV/AIDS.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION:
One to one information sessions were conducted by the Global fund staff of SHE, as the camp proceeded. Individuals who had donated blood were provided with basic information on HIV/AIDS especially in regard to blood transfusion. This includes:
- What is HIV/AIDS?
- Window Period
- Modes of transmission
- How to use a condom
- Preventive measures
- Myths & Misconceptions regarding HIV/AIDS
- Voluntary Counseling and Testing
Questions were asked on different points, to which as many information was provided. Each individual was provided with information materials (leaflets) for further reference and dissemination among their peers.
EVALUATION OF THE WORKSHOP:
Majority of the individuals knew what HIV/AIDS is. Some were able to identify the modes of transmissions, however, it must be noted that most of the individuals stated that the only mode of transmission of HIV is sexually. Some also had the belief that HIV can be spread from only having a female partner, but not via men to men.
- The team was able to reach all staff who had donated blood, as well as some others.
- The resort management expressed their enthusiasm in conducting a workshop for all the staff on HIV/AIDS
- Everyone had a pleasant time and enjoyed the sessions.