The National AIDS Programme Secretariat continues to address critical enablers that impede access to health services by persons living with HIV (PLHIV), and the key and other vulnerable groups by conducting a two-day training to address Stigma and Discrimination with Nurses attached to health facilities in Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara)
Guyana: The National AIDS Programme Secretariat continues to address critical enablers that impede access to health services by persons living with HIV (PLHIV), and the key and other vulnerable groups by conducting a two-day training to address Stigma and Discrimination with Nurses attached to health facilities in Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).
The training which was held from August 9-10 is geared at enabling healthcare workers to explore personal values and diversity and attitudes towards differences. It is also intended to help healthcare workers explore cultural factors that fuel stigma and examine the consequences of stigma, and for healthcare workers to understand the differences between gender and sex and learn how negative stereotypes lead to stigma and discrimination.
The content for the training was taken from the PANCAP Anti Stigma Toolkit for Health Care Workers and included a historical perspective on stigma, the difference between stigma and discrimination, human rights, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, exploring values and diversity.
At the closing of the workshop, participants were urged to use the knowledge gained to better serve clients accessing HIV care and treatment services. Another training is planned for auxiliary staff from health facilities in Region Three later this year.
This morning at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with North Carolina based institute, Miracle Feet, launched a two- days workshop that will train medical professionals on the identification and treatment of clubfoot in children, with emphasis placed on medical personnel working in the hinterland regions.
This activity was made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Health and Miracle Feet that will facilitate this and similar activities over a three (3) years period.
In his remarks, the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony said that the focus of this training is to better meet the needs of persons living in the hinterland regions. Dr Anthony believes that persons living away from the coastland are often unable to seek the medical attention needed to deal with the condition in infants, thus causing clubfoot to go undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in more adults living with the defect.
Mr Felipe, the Director of the Latin American branch of Miracle Feet, expressed his enthusiasm to be apart of this new journey and added that the treatment of clubfoot is very important in ensuring that persons live a normal, healthy and happy life.
Also present at this morning’s activity, were Dr Telmo Tapia, Medical Training Advisor at Miracle Feet; Johanssel Gonzalez, Program Officer at Miracle Feet, along with other medical personnel.
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