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Fundación VIHDA is constantly developing training and providing opportunities for personal development for people living with HIV and their families. Throughout the year, our beneficiaries have the opportunity to learn about various topics of interest, such as:
Nutrition workshops aim to teach people healthier ways of eating, according to their specific nutrional needs. Knowing the specific requirements of people living with HIV, we teach proper eating habits to support their healthcare. Thus, annual nutrition workshops cover topics like nutrition for people living with HIV and AIDS, nutrition for pregnant women, nutrition for non-breastfed infants, and nutrition workshops for school children.
These workshops include both theoretical and practical content, so that the information is received in an easy and understandable manner, and participants can share a good time with peers, enjoying simple and nutrional dishes prepared together.
In Fundación VIHDA, we believe it is important for our patients to have a variety of personal resources to address HIV as a chronic health condition that needs constant care and attention, and not a death sentence. However, this simple premise can often be challenging for a newly diagnosed person.
Adherence to HIV treatment involves the patient regualrly taking their daily medication, attending medical appointments, receiving psychosocial assistance, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Therefore we use exercises and games in workshops to empower patients to take control of their health and promote healthy habits, instead of being a passive subject in medical treatment. Our goal is that each patient be knowledgeable, involved, and an active part of their own progress.
Biosafety and First Aid Workshop
Many concerns of people living with HIV and their families are related to their daily lives and coexistence. The workshop on biosecurity and first aid is primarily aimed at identifying and demystifying common fears that exist in our society. We clearly address the ways that HIV is and is NOT transmitted. Additionally, we provide attendees with basic tools for everyday care, including creating a basic first-aid kit and a contingency plan for home accidents.
Rights and Legal Framework
With the important collaboration of the Public Ombudsman office (Defensoría del Pueblo), we have provided informative talks on legal and medical rights, including non-discrimination laws protecting people living with HIV at work, at school, at healthcare providers, and in social settings. These informative sessions are vital in order to build self-confidence in patients regarding their day to day activities, goals, expectations, and personal assessment. In short, we help people living with HIV in our community prevail against negative responses that are unfortunately still prevalent in certain areas of society.
Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Workshop
Discovering an HIV diagnosis involves a wide range of emotional responses and a necessary adaptation process. Initial responses, such as discovering how one acquired the virus, as well as the existing social rejection against HIV, can result in feelings of worthlessness and guilt, which can then lead to isolation, fear and low self-esteem. Hence, our Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Workshops aim to help reduce these negative responses and encourage patients to begin thinking about themselves, HIV infection, relationships, etc., in new and positive ways.
Cinema, seen as cultural expression, is a very valuable tool in exposing social situations. Our film forum is able to address the issue of HIV from a current perspective without the myths that are often associated with the idea of HIV in society. The films screened work to provide updated and correct medical and psychosocial information regarding HIV infection, promote self-respect and self-preservation, and shun the stigma of fear and death usually associetd with HIV and AIDS. Moreover, the space for reflection that opens after film screenings allows attendees to openly exchange their views and experiences with our counsellors, thereby strengthening patient empowerment.
Workshops for Children Living with HIV
Fundación VIHDA holds various workshops during the year aimed at strengthening social empowerment issues for children at different stages within their diagnostic disclosure program. Thanks to these workshops and individual psychotherapeutic attention, children living with HIV can develop socially and culturally, allowing them to strengthen their social skills and peer group integration.
Nutrition and Cooking Workshop
This is a fun and effective way to introduce families to the food pyramid and balanced food habits. In the workshop we work with figures, drawings and games to help patients understand the different components of the food pyramid and how to maintain healthy eating habits. Participants prepare delicious simple recipes that they can recreate at home to motivate their families to try new ways of eating.
Children's Day: Our Rights
This workshop provides an opportunity for the children participating in our programs to get acquainted with their rights and duties, and promoting the values of inclusion, respect and equality. Children are taught that, although we are individually different, all people have equal rights and duties in society.
Each year for the holidays, Fundación VIHDA hosts the children participants in our psychotherapeutic programs for a Holiday workshop. In these workshops, children participate in fun activities such as arts and crafts, story telling, puppet shows, clowns, games, etc., so they can enjoy a safe and children-oriented moment with their families prior to the holidays.
Translated by Rachel Mestnik, Peace Corps 2014.Edited by Fundación VIHDA.