HAST Counsellors | Achieving the Vision
As we meet with each patient we pray with them and encourage them in their walk with the Lord as the ultimate solution and healer for every person’s circumstance.
Why Do We Serve?
The stigma of learning your status still presents a struggle for clinics and care workers teaching awareness campaigns. Tackling the problem firsthand are the many facility based HAST (HIV, AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and TB) Counsellors stationed throughout the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town at clinics and hospitals where their sole purpose is to test people for HIV in a loving environment and provide health and Biblical counselling after completing the tests.
How Do We Serve?
HAST Counsellors provide HIV testing and counseling as well as educating clients on how to live a healthy sexual lifestyle based on Biblical principles. They encourage everyone to know their status, provide pre- and post-test counseling, and Counsellors also prepare HIV positive clients for a life-long commitment to ARV treatment.
Where Do We Serve?
Our Living Hope Facility Counsellors serve in two local hospitals (False Bay Hospital and DP Marais Hospital), five clinic facilities (Fish Hoek, Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Muizenberg and Seawinds Clinic), and two satellite clinics (Simon’s Town and Red Hill).
Mobile Wellness Centers
Living Hope also has three mobile wellness clinics which are staffed by a registered nurse and three or four counselors. The teams work in various community settings in a caravan and tents. They offer blood pressure testing, blood sugar testing, BMI, TB screening, and HIV Testing. Our mobile wellness centers are situated in Capricorn, Mfuleni, and Kraaifontein. These teams are meeting a great need and servicing people who would not normally access health services until they were very sick, and especially in reaching men. Anyone who is found to be in need of care and treatment is referred to the client’s choice of clinic, and followed up to ensure they have addressed the care and treatment.
Measuring Our Efforts
The counsellors are required to test a minimum number of new patients each month in order to assist the Government in their efforts of awareness and education. Last year the counsellors tested 17,630 people, of which 2.2% (387) tested positive.