West Africa AIDS Foundation in conjunction with Joncaring Foundation has organized a two day workshop, training people to be Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDs),
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and Tuberculosis (TB) community mobilizers in the Eastern Region across ten districts .
Community Mobilization is a term widely used to describe a range of strategies where people from group, background, culture and/ or social status, educate and inform each other about a wide variety of issues.
Speaking to the monitoring, Evaluation officer and counsellor of the West Africa AIDs Foundation (WAAF), Gideon Ajaka, they see it keen to train community mobilizers to advice HIV/AIDs and Tuberculosis patients to seek medical care at the hospital.
He also advised unaffected persons to be testing periodically since it is real and causing a lot of harm to the nation as lots of people are dying from the disease.
In the presentation, the participants were thought on qualities they should have as a community mobilizers such us;
the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, good interpersonal skills, including listening skills, to be non – judgemental, to be strongly motivated to work towards HIV & AIDS/STIs and TB risk reduction, to be self – confident and show leadership potentials and others.
Again, the community mobilizers were equipped on the tasks and responsibilities of their work which includes conduct regular informal one-on-one discussions or small group discussions, to stimulate discussion on topics related to HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, TB and STIs, to distribute educational materials on HIV/AIDS, STIs, PMTC and TB, the CMs is to assist with any other responsibility that would help make the program successful Etc.
The resource personal of the two-day workshop organized in the Eastern Regional, Koforidua were the Monitoring, Evaluation and Counselor of WAAF, Mr. Gideon Adjaka, C. E. O of Joncaring Foundation, Mr. John Agbegah, the finance and administration manager, Mr. Alexander Boakye and the M&E manager, Emmanuel Antwi Boaseako.