The Community Media Trust (CMT) recently took the Siyayinqoba Sha’p campaign to students and offered free TB screening and HIV testing services.
Communications coordinator Sinethemba Seyisi said the initial plan was to offer the services to Ikhala TVet College students, but because of the recent student protest action at the institution, the services were undertaken at Dicla Training and Projects.
Seyisi said CMT focused on health communication and activation. The campaign under the theme ‘Sha’p goes to campus’ was initiated to promote testing and starting antiretroviral treatment immediately. “We visit TVet colleges in three districts of the province – Chris Hani, OR Tambo and Amatole District Municipalities. We visit these institutions and provide services in partnership with TB and HIV Care. We believe that a healthy student is a healthy campus.”
Students participated in a health quiz and were given prizes in the form of a shopping bag containing T-shirts, USBs and Bluetooth speakers to name a few.
Seyisi said the response was positive and a number willingly visited the sites to be tested. “We realised there is a huge demand for services such as family planning. We intend to include that in our visits. Pre-testing counselling is always offered and we have a professional nurse on site to attend to patients’ needs.
Campus health and wellness co-ordinator Bongiwe Cimi said the department of higher education and training encouraged students to speak up. “We encourage students to talk about health issues in the form of dialogues, offering routine health services and activations. Many students have shown interest since the activation started.”
Dicla Training and Projects also had a wellness day for staff members and students, Mandisa Masoka, who is in the monitoring and evaluation department at Dicla Training and Projects hoped there would be a good relationship between TB HIV Care and the Sha’p campaign, adding that such initiatives were important.