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).
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 23223 people, of which 779 tested positive.