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The Community counsellor programme evaluation in Namibia
  • Published Date:
    JULY 2015
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 1.40 MB]


Details:
  • Personal Authors:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Namibia.‏ ‎Ministry of Health and Social Services‏. ; Survey Warehouse (Firm) ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Funding:
    cooperative agreement number GH001181-01
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    The CC programme was implemented by the Namibian MOHSS in 2004 in response to a need for the scale up of HCT services, as well as to address the critical shortage of health care providers in facilities across Namibia. This lay cadre was intended to complement regular health facility staff in order to increase capacity to provide HCT and to provide supportive counselling for PLWHA. The programme was also intended to enhance the effectiveness of PMTCT and ART services.

    The MOHSS started the CC Programme in collaboration with various stakeholders. MOHSS owned the programme and was responsible for policy development and supervision. The US Government provided funding and technical assistance from PEPFAR through CDC. NIP provided HIV rapid testing training and conducted RT quality assurance activities.

    Regional selection committees were responsible for the selection of CCs. Standardised selection criteria were used to identify qualified candidates for training. At minimum, candidates had to have a Grade 10 certificate, and good references from the community. However, there were candidates that were recruited that did not meet the Grade 10 requirement. These candidates were recruited because they had provided longstanding services in the community, especially in the areas of HIV and TB.

    This report was supported by a cooperative, Agreement Number GH001181-01 from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.