2002 Winner
Western Cape Province, South Africa
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
South Africa

This comprehensive programme, which operates in Cape Town, involves recruiting unemployed people from disadvantaged communities with a high HIV prevalence and offering them training in counseling skills and all areas of HIV/AIDS information and support. LifeLine manages the recruitment, training, deployment, support and development of these lay counselors who work in day hospitals and clinics in Khayelitsha, Guguletu, Nyanga, Mitchells Plain and the Central Health District. In addition to providing health education and relationship counseling in the clinics and day hospitals, the programme also provides pre- and post-test counseling, as well as trauma debriefing and ongoing individual and group support for those who test positive. The programme also facilitates Mothers to Mothers to be groups and supplies the counselors in youth clinics, for the Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) programme and the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Programme, which ensures that people can get an HIV test in any clinic in South Africa and by means of the Rapid Test know the results within 20 minutes. All these services are provided in the patient