Guyana: Stigma Awareness Training Conducted to Nurse Health Facilities in Region 3

Guyana: Stigma Awareness Training Conducted to Nurse Health Facilities in Region 3

Guyana: The National AIDS Program Secretariat continues to address critical enablers that impede access to health services by people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key groups and other vulnerable groups by conducting training of two days to fight stigma and discrimination with nurses attached to health facilities in Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).

The training, held August 9-10, aims to enable healthcare workers to explore personal values, diversity and attitudes towards differences. It also aims to help health workers explore the cultural factors that fuel stigma and examine the consequences of stigma, and health workers to understand the differences between gender and sex and learn how stereotypes Negatives lead to stigma and discrimination.

The content of the training was drawn from the PANCAP Anti-Stigma Toolkit for Health Workers and included a historical perspective on stigma, the difference between stigma and discrimination, human rights, orientation, gender identity and expression, exploring values ​​and diversity.

At the end of the workshop, participants were encouraged to use the knowledge gained to better serve clients accessing HIV care and treatment services. Further training is planned for auxiliary staff at health facilities in Region Three later this year.

This morning at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Center, the Department of Health, in conjunction with the North Carolina-based institute, Miracle Feet, launched a two-day workshop that will train medical professionals on identifying and treatment of clubfoot in children, with emphasis on medical personnel working in outback areas.

This activity has been made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Health and Miracle Feet that will facilitate this and other similar activities over a period of three (3) years.

In his remarks, the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony indicated that the objective of this training is to better meet the needs of people living in the hinterland regions. Dr Anthony believes that people living far from the coast are often unable to seek the medical care needed to treat the condition in infants, resulting in clubfoot going undiagnosed and untreated, leading to more adults live with the defect.

Mr. Felipe, Director of the Latin American branch of Miracle Feet, expressed his enthusiasm to be part of this new journey and added that the treatment of clubfoot is very important to ensure that people live a normal, healthy and healthy life. happy.

Also present at this morning’s activity were Dr. Telmo Tapia, Medical Education Advisor at Miracle Feet; Johanssel Gonzalez, Program Officer at Miracle Feet, along with other medical staff.

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