A recent NFHSDP patrol to Iowara provided a first time opportunity for volunteers who support patients on TB treatment to participate in a NFHSDP supported and co-facilitated training program, the first of such trainings provided in North Fly.
Fourteen volunteers, 12 men and 2 women, from Iowara community participated in the training including Pastors, a Magistrate, people who have previously suffered from TB and health workers. Pastor Jama Fabian, who was invited to deliver the opening prayer at the training, took advantage of the opportunity to also participate in the training and he graduated with his 13 fellow participants.
Training was facilitated by Lewis Mora, the Provincial TB Officer, Solomon Kisip, North Fly World Vision TB Coordinator and Ronny Urafime the NFHSDP TB Coordinator. The current best practice ‘Treatment Supporters Guide Manual for TB Care’ was used to deliver the program. Among the important messages provided was the importance of completing the TB Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) whilst providing a patient-centered model of care in collaboration with public health personnel.
At the end of the training, participants graduated with Certificates of attendance that were kindly presented by the Officer in charge of Iowara Health Centre and the ceremony was witnessed by 82 people (52 women and 30 men).
Each participant also received a Treatment Supporters Guide for TB Care Booklets, a bag and a tee shirt with a TB badge that they can proudly wear. The team who facilitated the training also took this opportunity to provide a range of information, education and communication (IEC) materials including 400 TB pamphlets, 100 TB posters and 200 TB Stop Cards. These were provided to participants to distribute during the course of putting their training program into practice in their communities.
“I have personally learned some truths about TB and corrected some misconceptions about TB too” Pastor Jama Fabian said at the end of the training program.
The program would also like to thank Origin Oil for providing the team with free of charge helicopter services to and from Iowara.