PROGRAMS

Touching Nations serve communities that can be characterized as being migratory and demographically diverse and we offer community orientated primary health care where people live, work and study. In addition to this, we provide facility-based HIV and TB counselling as well as victim empowerment programs and interventions. As such Touching Nations have a number of professional nurses as part of their cadre of clinical staff and trained community care workers, auxiliary social workers and enjoy progressive relationships with doctors, academic institutions, ward counsellors, social workers, dietitians, environmental health officers, ECD centre managers, both primary and secondary school staff and community leaders at various strata and influence in the community. Through training and mentorship we have been able to set up support systems that complement our health and social programmes. Our relationship with government directorates and communities is directed to build and strengthen public health care and social cohesion.

TB Councelling
HIV/AIDS, STI & TB services
CBS
Victim Empowerment Program
HIV Councelling
Social Crime Prevention Program


CC&C
Community Home-based Care services
Empowerment
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Drug-Resistant TB Counselling Services




HIV/AIDS, STI & TB services

Janet* (not her real name) is a 25-year-old woman living in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats. She enjoys watching movies on Netflix and takes a taxi daily to Woodstock where she works as a seamstress. Last month, she visited the Clinic in her community for family planning. Upon being assisted by a Touching Nations Lay Counsellor who was doing health education in the waiting area, Janet felt the need to have an HIV Test. She has decided to have herself tested as she and her boyfriend of six months are in a committed, monogamous relationship and they plan to stop using condoms. Janet had two previous partners and they often had unprotected sex. She is nervous as it is her first time doing an HIV test. Janet was seen by one of the Lay Counsellors and counselling was provided to Janet before her HIV test was conducted. This was done in order to explain the overall process and to prepare her for the outcome of her test results. Upon receiving her results, Janet immediately contacted Ricardo* (not his real name) and shared the news that she tested negative for HIV.

Her story could have been so different and like Janet, we too need to familiarise ourselves with behaviours that impact on our sexual wellbeing. Should you wish to make use of our services, be it education or testing, please contact us via email on hast@touchingnations.org or call us at 021 224 0983 during office hours.

- Filicity Horn – NPO Project Manager





Victim Empowerment Program

Note: this story is a work of fiction, and no character information is at all related to real persons.

Kim is a 27-year-old unemployed woman who resides in Elsies River on the Cape Flats. She has a 10-year-old daughter for which she receives a child support grant, and they live with Kim’s mother who receives a disability grant. On week-ends Kim’s mother would consume alcohol and lash out at Kim. One weekend when this had happened again Kim’s daughter happened to be present during the altercation at which time Kim’s mother threw a glass at her and it hit Kim’s daughter in the face right above her eye. Kim rushed with her daughter to the Community Health Centre for treatment. The Nurse asked Kim how her daughter came to having this injury as she could smell the alcohol on the child’s clothing. Kim then explained what had happened and stated that 3-years ago her mother was in a relationship with a man that would physically beat her mother almost every weekend and once even touched Kim inappropriately when her mother was ill. Kim feared the man’s behaviour and how it impacted on her daughter and her mother’s well-being. She confessed to her mother what he had done to her and stated if he does not leave, she will report him to SAPS and press charges against him. Since then, her mother was bitter about how the relationship came to an end and blamed Kim for it.

After hearing Kim’s story, the nurse informed Kim about Touching Nations Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) that provides free therapeutic counselling and educational workshop services focusing on victims of Gender-Base-Violence (GBV) and victims of crime and violence relating to abuse and trauma. As Kim left the consultation room, Kim’s mother ran toward her and Kim’s daughter crying and apologising profusely. This led Kim to do a walk-in intake at Touching Nations where she was greeted at reception and the intake was done by the Social Worker. There Kim explained why she believes she needs counselling services. The Social Worker expressed to Kim that perhaps her mother is also in need of services as her mother had also experienced abuse and because of it, possibly uses alcohol to cope with the trauma. Kim agreed that she will ask her mother to attend family counselling sessions and if need be, have individual sessions in-between to help her family, as well as; refer her daughter to an appropriate child protection organisation for counselling. Kim and her family are still undergoing counselling services. Kim is happy to report that she had updated her CV, the relationship and environment at home has improved and that she and her family are taking matters one day at a time.

Kim’s story could have been so different. So, like Kim we need to know that it is okay to want to change our circumstances, reach out and ask for help. Should you wish to make use of our services, be it therapeutic counselling or educational workshops, please contact us via email on vep@touchingnations.org or call us at 021 224 0983 during office hours (Mon-Fri.: 08:00-15:30).





Social Crime Prevention Program

Note: this story is a work of fiction, and no character information is at all related to real persons.

Irving is a 14-year-old and lives in Clarke Estate, Elsies River a suburb notorious for high levels of crime, gun violence, and drug abuse. Irving comes from an unstable home environment where his parents are struggling financially to provide for his basic needs.

Last Friday Touching Nations came to his High School to do a program about children who are in conflict with the law and who re-offend. Irving learnt at the workshop about the services that range from prevention programs to children, youth, and family members. The program’s aim is reached through the different projects of school-based programs, holiday programs, family/ parent workshops, and reintegration/ aftercare services. Irving was told about these services in the Metro-North region which includes Elsies River, Bishop Lavis and Delft.

At the workshop conducted by Touching Nations, Irving shared his story; “At first, I joined a gang for the status of being in one as I was constantly being bullied at school for not having proper school clothes and shoes. Later, I found myself starting to get into gang fights and start to abuse substances such as tik. It was when Touching Nations came to our school and rendered the school-based programs focusing on substance abuse and bullying that I decided to reach out for help. The holiday workshops offered by Touching Nations provided a safe alternative for myself who might otherwise have gotten trapped on the wrong side of the law trying to survive.”

Sadly, Irving’s story is the story of our youth. Like his, their life story can also take a positive turn. Should you wish to make use of our services, be it school-based programs or community educational workshops, please contact us via email on scp@touchingnations.org or call us at 065 913 9620 during office hours (Mon-Fri.: 08:00-15:30).





Community Home-based Care services

Note: this story is a work of fiction, and no character information is at all related to real persons.

Ann is the eldest of four children who is staying in Leiden, Delft as back-yard dwellers for the past nine years. Recently she has been complaining about a cough that does not let up. She was advised by a Community Health Worker to visit one of the clinics in Delft. A week later Nicky, a Community Health Worker received Ann as a referral from the Clinic via her special electronic mobile device. These devices are meant to replace the paper-based system. Ann’s results on the device confirmed her positive TB diagnoses. With Ann’s address now known, Nicky made her way to her where she stays in Leiden to conduct a household assessment.

With her permission, Nicky uploaded all the health and household conditions electronically on her mobile device. Furthermore, it was found that there were more people within Ann’s household that was exposed to tuberculosis. Nicky referred the family members via her electronic device to the health facility to notify about possible TB contact and TB tests were requested. The Clinic responded with a date and time for the rest of the family to be at the health facility. This electronic linkage made the process for Ann and Nicky so much easier to gain access to health care services. Nicky explained to Ann that she will pay her a weekly follow-up visit and will record it as well to track her progress.

When after 14 days, Ann reported an adverse reaction to the TB medication. Nicky updated the progress report electronically and referred Ann back to the Clinic. Anne was expediently assisted by medical staff at the Clinic as a result of the electronic linkage pathway between the Health Facility and Touching Nations supported by the M-Health application on the mobile device.

Should you wish to make use of our services, please contact us via email on ihcbs@touchingnations.org or call us at 081 781 0977 during office hours (Mon-Fri.: 08:00-15:30).





Drug-Resistant TB Counselling Services

Note: this story is a work of fiction, and no character information is at all related to real persons.

Peter is a 30-year-old male living in Elsies River in Cape Town. He enjoys spending time with his friends over weekends. Peter works in Epping at a factory as a storeman. For the past two weeks he has been experienced a bout of insistent coughing, loss of appetite and night sweats. Peter is very conscientious about his health and as in the past, he requested to see the nurse at work, who referred him to his local clinic to have a TB test. At the clinic he was assisted by a one of our Drug Resistant Counsellors who screened him for TB symptoms of which he has more than one. Peter was given two small jars in which he had to give a sputum specimen. Peter was informed by the counsellor that both jars will be sent to the laboratory for testing and that he need to return to the clinic within the next two days to receive his results. True to character, two days later Peter returned and was diagnosed with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Our Drug-Resistant counsellor provided much needed counselling and had been with Peter on his treatment journey for the full 9 months. Peter has completed his TB journey and is in good health and continue to enjoy watch soccer and rugby with his friends.

TB is airborne and anyone can contract it. Should you wish to make use of our services, be it education or testing, please contact us via email on hast@touchingnations.org or call us at 021 224 0983 during office hours.