Chaaria è un sogno da realizzare giorno per giorno.

Un luogo in cui vorrei che tutti i poveri e gli ammalati venissero accolti e curati.

Vorrei poter fare di più per questa gente, che non ha nulla e soffre per malattie facilmente curabili, se solo ci fossero i mezzi.

Vorrei smetterla di dire “vai altrove, perché non possiamo curarti”.

Anche perché andare altrove, qui, vuol dire aggiungere altra fatica, altro sudore, altro dolore, per uomini, donne e bambini che hanno già camminato per giorni interi.

E poi, andare dove?

Gli ospedali pubblici hanno poche medicine, quelli privati sono troppo costosi.

Ecco perché penso, ostinatamente, che il nostro ospedale sia un segno di speranza per questa gente. Non ci sarà tutto, ma facciamo il possibile. Anzi, l’impossibile.

Quello che mi muove, che ci muove, è la carità verso l’altro, verso tutti. Nessuno escluso.

Gesù ci ha detto di essere presenti nel più piccolo e nel più diseredato.

Questo è quello che facciamo, ogni giorno.

Fratel Beppe Gaido

sabato 6 aprile 2013

What is consueling

What is Voluntary
Counseling and
Testing (VCT)?

Counseling is a confidential discussion(s) between an individual and their care provider to examine HIV transmission risk and explore HIV testing
Together, testing and counselling may enhance a person’s understanding of HIV/AIDS and help the person make informed choices for the future

Benefits of VCT
Empowers the uninfected person to protect himself or herself from becoming infected with HIV
Assists infected persons to protect others and to live positively
Offers the opportunity for treatment of HIV and of infections associated with HIV


Maintaining confidentiality is an important responsibility of all healthcare workers and is essential to establishing patient trust
All medical records and registers, whether or not they include HIV-related information, should be kept confidential and stored in a safe, secure place
Patients should be informed that personal and medical information, including HIV test results, may be disclosed to other healthcare providers only to ensure that they receive appropriate medical care

A VCT intervention includes two counseling sessions:
The initial counseling session (pre test)
HIV test
The second counseling session to provide the client with his/her test result (post test)

It deals with:
Transmission and prevention
HIV testing and test result interpretation
Individual counselling and risk assessment

Provide the test result.
Help the patient understand the test result.
Provide PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission) essential messages when indicated.
Provide support, information, and referral when indicated.
Encourage risk-reducing behaviour.

HIV-negative result
Prevent future infection.
Review MTCT risk with new infection.

HIV-positive result
Clarify understanding.
Acknowledge feelings.
Review benefits of knowing HIV status.
Address immediate concerns.
Schedule follow-up visit.
Although HIV is a very serious infection, many people with HIV and AIDS are living longer, healthier lives today, thanks to new and effective treatments
There are also many things that can be done to help the patient to stay healthy.

Characteristics of counsellors

They include being:

HIV positive people should not be discriminated against

All patient information is kept private.
Information is shared only with providers directly involved in care—and only on a “need to know” basis. All medical records and registers are kept in secure place.Active listening, including accurate reflection of the issues or concerns: for example: 
"My family would reject me if they found out that I was HIV positive“.
"If I found out that I was positive I would feel like I had been given the death sentence. At the moment I live my life unsure, but it is better than knowing I am definitely going to die“.
"As there is no cure or treatment available, what is the point in being tested?"

Dr Bro Beppe Gaido

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