Centocow, St Apollinaris, Diocese of Mzimkhulu
1 Jul – 30 Sep 2012
We held another Male Medical Circumcision campaign for 2 days in each of the two sites and it was successful in Malenge and Riverside halls for boys from the age of 12 and upwards. Men also came in numbers. We also had a programme called ‘Philama’ at Mangeni near our outreach site Delamzi where we also had an MDR Campaign by the TB team for 2 weeks. We covered 46 villages around the Ingwe Municipality.
All three of our data capturers resigned – two of the data capturers have been offered employment by the DOH and the other one has been employed by TB/HIV Care. Their positions were advertised and Catholic Relief Services assisted with the interview process. Two data capturers were employed.
In July 50 patients were initiated for the first time, in August 31 and in September 21 patients. There are no delays in initiations since we have added another trained professional nurse to the original two nurses who were already initiating patients. They also have a mentor who visits the clinic every Monday and Thursday.
The awareness of the co-infection of HIV and TB is very high. The triaging of the coughing patients is routine. There is now greater emphasis being placed on patients producing sputum specimens which has highlighted the awareness for community based sputum collection.
The number of paediatric patients who received ART from St Apollinaris-Ethembeni Clinic during this period is 457 which is 9% of the total who received ART during the period, namely 5102.
The CDP programme at St Apollinaris is a full-time dedicated collaboration with the DoH. The hospital and its surrounding clinics have a shortage of dedicated, hardworking staff. There are only 3 full-time doctors for the 140 beds plus the OPD. Meetings are held once a month between CDP and St Apollinaris management which improves relationships.