|Written by Administrator|
|Saturday, 13 February 2010|
The AIDS ACCESS Foundation provides support to people infected and affected with HIV/ AIDS throughout Thailand . This support is provided through a number of avenues. One of the most important is though the provision of counseling and support. The experience of the staff and of the organization lets us understand that individuals need different kinds of support and to this end, counseling and support services are provided through one on one face to face and phone based counseling services, through the support of groups at regional CCC centers and through Home Based Care visits.
ACCESS has been providing HIV/AIDS Counseling Services since 1991. Face to face counseling is provided at the offices of the ACCESS Foundation and during home care visits. The telephone counseling service operates everyday in Bangkok and has five telephone lines. The services are anonymous and are staffed by some thirty (30) trained volunteers. The training involves a specialized curriculum and volunteers are given the opportunity to have ongoing training and support. The service itself has an established referral system and has been found to be highly effective as a method to reduce risk behaviors and to access accurate information about HIV/AIDS. The service is monitored and evaluated on a regular basis.
Home Based Care Service
The AIDS ACCESS Foundation home based care services, including counseling, are instigated only following a clients request for assistance. These visits also provide an opportunity to deliver basic health care and medicines. These visits aim to strengthen and support families to enable them to take care of PLWHA at home. ACCESS believes that by caring for PLWHA in the community, there will be a tangible benefit in the reduction of stigma and discrimination amongst families, communities and enable PLWHA to live happier and healthier lives.
The AIDS ACCESS Foundation believes very strongly that PLWHA must be involved at all levels in the efforts to find solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the real life issues that it creates for people who are affected by the disease. In partnership with TNP+ and MSF and the PLHA groups throughout Thailand, ACCESS is working towards the goal to increase PLWHA's access to treatment and care including ARV drugs; and to enable PLWHA to have bargaining power in negotiating with government officials.
ACCESS provides support for the activities of these networks to strengthen the capability of PLWHA groups and their core leaders through a series of training programs. This training includes Basic Counseling in HIV/AIDS; Group Work Process; Setting up Home Visits and Outreach Services; and, Knowledge on Opportunistic Infections and Anti-retroviral Therapy. In addition to this work, ACCESS places importance on networking activities of HIV/AIDS NGOs and participated in advocating for the establishment of networks to serve as representative(s) of HIV/AIDS NGOs. The aim in creating these networks of NGOs, was to create not only the power to bargain on various issues with the government but also the power to raise some issues for mutual advocacy in society. For example, advocating for ARV and OI treatments for every single case of HIV infection who met the criteria (100% coverage) in health care facilities at every level.
Working with TNP+ West in the Kanchanaburi region
The Kanchanaburi office works in collaboration with TNP+ West to ensure that care and treatment services for children with HIV/ AIDS are developed to a high standard. This work includes:
• Coordinate with PHA groups in Kanchanaburi province to support PHA Children's activities outside of the hospital twice a month.
• Coordinate with PHA group in Kanchanaburi province to set up a children's camp once a year.
• Develop the care and treatment system that focuses on PHA Children by working together with Kanchanaburi Provincial Hospital
• Meetings with PHA children in the hospital four times per month.
• Home visits to PHA children.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 01 March 2010 )|