Vezokuhle Home Based Care, Hazyview, Diocese of Witbank

Vezokuhle Home Based Care, Hazyview, Diocese of Witbank

Sibonakaliso Mkhize and Nondumiso Jwara visited Vezokuhle Home Based Care in Hazyview, which is funded under the Global Fund Programme. A meeting was held with the coordinator, finance person as well as caregivers on the 23rd May. There were no major issues of concern. Caregivers expressed a need for a retreat.

The coordinator and finance person were assisted with organising a filing system for patients records and financial documents respectively. The site has bought a computer and were assisted with basic computer skills and word processing; ongoing support is still needed.

A few home visits were conducted on the 23rd May;  from the conversations we had with the patients one could sense the trust and comfort that exists between caregivers and their clients. Most patients were upbeat and positive about recovery, although there were complaints about hospitals being too far and only able to serve a certain number of people a day. This was cited as one of the reasons for patients defaulting on treatment when local clinics refer them to hospitals.

On the 24th May, there was a candle-light service in memory of all who have passed away because of AIDS and in celebration of those living positively with HIV. Vezokuhle received a lot of praise from the clinic nurses for the wonderful work that they are doing in the community, especially that of dispelling stigma. Members of the community and nurses alike shared their stories of living positively with HIV openly and encouraged the community to test for HIV and join support groups.

Home visits continued after the candle-light service. Some of the clients are living in appalling conditions. It is truly amazing that “just one visit by a caregiver goes a long way in restoring human dignity” as one client pointed out.