Safer Con­cep­tion Ser­vices at 9 Re­gion F Clin­ics

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­

Wits Re­pro­duc­tive Health In­sti­tute (WRHI) is a re­search or­gan­i­sa­tion that spe­cial­izes in con­duct­ing re­search in the field of HIV and Sex­ual Re­pro­duc­tive Health.

It is im­ple­ment­ing one of its many in­no­va­tive and ex­cit­ing pro­grammes called Safer Con­cep­tion, which aims to en­sure that peo­ple who are of child bear­ing age can be sup­ported to have safe and healthy preg­nan­cies, par­tic­u­larly those who are liv­ing with, or af­fected by HIV, so that we can help them to make sure that part­ners and ba­bies are not in­fected with HIV.

The safer con­cep­tion project com­mu­nity team, work­ing with fa­cil­ity linked com­mu­nity health­care work­ers, will ac­cess peo­ple via home vis­its (door to door) and com­mu­nity based di­a­logues and out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing these vis­its and ac­tiv­i­ties, Safer Con­cep­tion Ser­vices will be in­tro­duced to the peo­ple along with in­for­ma­tion about the fa­cil­i­ties where the ser­vices will now be avail­able if they are in­ter­ested to ac­cess the new ser­vice.

The Clinic staff will be ori­ented about the ser­vice and nurses and Coun­cil­lors will be trained on how to ren­der the ser­vice in their fa­cil­ity

Con­sid­er­ing that SCS is only ren­dered at Ward 21 Hill­brow Clinic for now, a need for de­cen­tral­is­ing and ex­pand­ing the ser­vice is ev­i­dent, hence the 9 CoJ fa­cil­i­ties were cho­sen.

“Also, we are work­ing hard to en­cour­age male clients to come for safer con­cep­tion ser­vices so that they can be ca­pac­i­tated re­gard­ing sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tion health, do­ing away with the stigma that sex­ual health and re­pro­duc­tion is only a fem­i­nine con­cern.

“We are ex­cited to be of­fer­ing a ser­vice that sup­ports in­di­vid­u­als and cou­ples to achieve their preg­nancy goals and build healthy fam­i­lies to­gether,” said WRHI.

En­gage­ments were pro­posed, and will take place un­til the end of Septem­ber 2018 as a test im­ple­men­ta­tion for Safer Con­cep­tion.

The rel­e­vant clinic staff al­ready went on train­ing till the end of Jan­uary 2018 to be able to pro­vide the ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

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