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Friday, 26 July 2019

Raising Awareness about HIV/Aids

REACHING OUT: The EMS students hosted a workshop at the Scalabrini Centre REACHING OUT: The EMS students hosted a workshop at the Scalabrini Centre

A group of second-year Emergency Medical Sciences students recently provided HIV prevention and management training to members of Cape Town’s immigrant and refugee communities.

Students John Simy, Adolphe Soko and Isaac Mulumba were at the Department of Home Affairs’ Reception Centre on the Foreshore at the crack of dawn where they provided information on how to prevent infection and manage the disease.

They then moved on to the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town where they hosted an interactive workshop.

“The project forms part of our primary health care module and we were required to initiate a service learning project. My two colleagues and I are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and we decided to focus on the immigrant community. Many members of the immigrant community are not aware of how to protect themselves against HIV,” said Simy.

The Scalabrini Centre’s Shingi West said she had been impressed by the CPUT students.

“The workshop is of great importance because Aids is not just a South African issue. It is good that people are being educated even on things that we might think are trivial.”

The project was a joint initiative between the EMS Department, under the leadership of Dr Navindhra Naidoo and Lecturer Llizane McDonald, and the Centre for Community Engagement and Work Integrated Learning.

The students thanked the Centre’s Desmond Jackson for his support.

Written by Ilse Fredericks