With the aim to “enhance the institutional capacities of key counsellor training institutes and conduct capacity building for counselors” a five-day ART/CCC refresher counseling training for counselors started at DUDA guest house, Monday. The training is being conducted by education department, Nagaland University under Saksham Sub Sub Recipient (SSR) Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)-7.
Project director of NSACS, Dr. Neiphi Kire who graced the inaugural function said the role of counselors was like “pastoral ministry” which deals with trust and confidence. He urged counselors to patiently gain confidence of their patients and develop a system to bring them to get treatment and other services.
While mentioning that thirteen persons had died of AIDS in the last three months in Nagaland and that some patients had stopped taking treatment, Dr. Kire called upon counselors to relocate the patients to get right treatment at ARTs or link-ARTs. He also reiterated the need to stop stigmatization and discrimination in the society so that people come out freely and get treatment. Dr. Kire maintained that 10,000 positive people have been detected out of suspected 19,000 positive people. He therefore advocated the need to erase stigmatization in the society. He asserted that the role of counselors was so crucial to bring positive people to get proper treatment.
Head of education department, NU, Dr. Buno Liegise said the university would no longer remain a mute spectator on HIV and AIDS issue, but provide training to counselors. With such target, she maintained that the university signed MoU with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, RIIMS Imphal, NACO and NSACS as a Sub Sub Recipient (SSR). Raising the need for competent quality counselors in north east, Dr. Liegise urged counselors to have positive thinking and deal with patience with positive attitude.
Altogether eleven counselors, including two from Mizoram, are attending the training. Major topics to be discussed during the sessions include NACP-III and CST, background of ART, counseling: its skills and types, issues of HIV and AIDS, field visitation, nutrition counseling and nutritional care for HIV people, etc. The resource persons included Lobeni Kikon, CBO Saksham; Dr. R.Rose, SPO NSACS; Dr. Abo Zao, MO ART NHAK; Narola Chuna, master trainer Saksham, SSR-NU; Dr. P. Ngully, psychiatrist and chairman Kripa Foundation; Sana Meitram ZPM, Saksham SR-RIMS Imphal; Dr. Lungsang Zeliang, FIC Saksham SSR-NU; Tribhuwan, master trainer Saksham SSR-NU; Jongpongchiten, master trainer Saksham SSR-NU; Dr. Joyce Angami, director NOSSAL India; Dr. Dietho MO FPAI Nagaland Branch; Chontie Swu president NNP+; Jacinta Telen, master trainer Saksham SSR-NU; Dr. Joel Koza, master trainer Saksham SSR-NU; Dr. Vitseilie, master trainer Saksham SSR-NU; Bazo Kire, project director Kekhrie Foundation, Dr. Temsu Longchar, MO WHO.