Diploma in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling
Blackford Centre for HIV/AIDS
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HIV/AIDS — do you care? And will you help others?
Has HIV/AIDS touched your community, your family or your friends?
Of course it has: South Africa has the highest HIV rate in the world. 7,500,000 people in South Africa are now living with HIV.
That’s seven and a half million people suffering from the fear, the stigma and a possible death sentence. 14% of women and 10% of men are currently infected.
It’s equally high in other countries. 15% of people in Zimbabwe are infected, while in Nigeria it’s only 4% (but with its big population that’s a lot of people).
Yes, HIV/AIDS has touched your community. That’s why you’re reading this. You feel the pain, the fear and suffering of your community; and you want to help.
I do care. How can I help?
You want your community, your young sisters and brothers to grow up free from the menacing touch of this epidemic.
Yes, your young sisters are among the most at risk with HIV positive rates of 17% among women in the 20-24 year old age group, rising to 36% in the 30-34 year old age group.
These women are our mothers and our daughters; they are the future of our community, your future.
Your brothers are also suffering. The male incidence rate too is a sad state of affairs with rates of up to 30% HIV positive.
Fortunately, you can make a difference. You can help turn the tide of this epidemic and reduce infection rates. You can help comfort those living with the fear and the stigma of HIV and AIDS. And you can start making a difference right now.
Change starts with education, and change starts with you. The Blackford Centre is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime to make a difference with the new Diploma in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling course.
Can I really make a difference?
Fortunately, the development of new retroviral drugs ensures that HIV/AIDS patients can live longer but they still suffer from the shame, fear, ignorance and stigma—their own and the ignorance of others.
This lack of knowledge about how HIV/AIDS is transferred is one of the biggest problems in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Perhaps the battle against such odds seems overwhelming and you ask yourself, “Can I really make a difference?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Yes, you do have the power to make a change, to make a difference.
Yes, you can make a difference in your community.
With the tools and knowledge provided through the Diploma in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling course, you can:
- inform and educate others about the true nature of this disease.
- help reduce its spread and the impact
- remove the dark cloud of ignorance that only increases the victim’s suffering.
As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
It’s time for you to make a difference. It’s time you removed your own fears and doubts, your own ignorance. You may not be able to provide a cure but you can help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, and you can give solace and comfort to those who are struggling against the chains of social stigma and fear.
It’s time to “unlock the golden door of freedom” for yourself and for others. When you give your community the gift of knowledge you get so much more in return. As John Dewey said, “Education is not preparation for life; it is life itself” . Let your new life begin with the Blackford Centre’s Diploma in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling.
What will I learn?
The course has been specially designed for:
- Professionals in the health and social sciences
- Counsellors, whether in the community or a hospital
- Nurses, doctors, social workers and psychologists
- Ministers of faith and religious workers
- Anyone who wishes to know more and make a difference.
Whether you are a professional in the nursing or counselling fields seeking to expand your knowledge base with some superb professional development or perhaps, a teacher struggling to deal with an HIV positive student in school, this course has so much to offer you.
The in-depth course covers all aspects of care and counselling for HIV and AIDS patients. You will learn about:
- The history of HIV and how it is transmitted
- What are the symptoms of HIV and related diseases such as TB?
- How to test for HIV and Aids
- What treatments are available for the disease?
- Is there a cure for HIV?
- How to manage infections
- How to reduce the spread of the disease
- How to counsel, care and support those with HIV/AIDS
- What are the legal, ethical and human rights issues?
So much helpful information is packed into each module with instructional text, videos, case studies, self-assessments and tutor-marked assessments.
Learn how to:
- Encourage safe sex practices
- Deal effectively with the myths and misconceptions
- Empower the vulnerable
- Deal with bereavement
- Support orphans
- Care for the caregiver
- Avoid burnout and look after yourself.
We have designed this course to allow you to assimilate all this rich information as quickly and as deeply as possible, so you can begin to enjoy the challenge of making a difference in the lives of others.
How will I learn?
Some courses tie you down to a tight timetable, which places unreasonable pressure on you. We teach the Diploma in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling through distance learning. It includes guidebooks, online assessment, videos, and contact with your own personal tutor.
When you enrol, you will receive the complete course and you control your pace through each module.
We know that you have other commitments and so we have designed our course around your needs. Many people make excuses for not taking charge of their lives and they postpone those decisions that will transform their lives. Here are two common excuses people make to put off positive change in their lives:
- It’s impossible to fit my studies around my family and my current job?
We make it easy for you to take those steps toward a new and exciting career. You can do your study at night or during the weekends.
- I don’t have a regular, predictable timetable so I don’t know when I will finish the course.
You can complete the course when you like and take as long as you need.
Our job is to facilitate your progress through the course allowing you to make the most of your new skills and knowledge as quickly as possible. Take that first step now through that golden door of education: enrol in the Blackford Centre’s Diploma in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling.
What’s in it for me?
The Blackford Centre’s course is a good choice for your professional development and an excellent addition to any job seeker’s résumé.
HIV/AIDS is highly prevalent in our society and you need to know how to respond appropriately and effectively - whether in a professional situation or a personal connection.
Breaking the chains of ignorance benefits you and it benefits the community.
When we give to others we not only take our minds off our own difficulties but we also find an immense joy. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “the best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
When you enrol on the Blackford Centre’s course you are opening the doors of your heart and offering something that is good to those around you.
- Imagine the joyful faces of those who receive your friendly hand of compassion.
- Feel that flush of pleasure and contentment pervading your entire being as you contemplate a job well done.
- Think of the new meaning given to your life as you lighten the loads of others and make a real difference to your community.
You have seen the suffering in your own community, amongst your own brothers and sisters and your heart has been moved to compassion. You have so much to offer and “if you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” You can help and you will be richly rewarded too.
Enrich your life with knowledge and the opportunity to bring relief to those less fortunate. It’s time to halt the unnecessary spread of HIV/AIDS. It’s time to put an end to the misery, the stigma and the fear surrounding HIV. You can transform your life and your community one step at a time. Take that first step and enrol in the Blackford Centre’s Diploma in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling.
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