Although more people living with HIV/AIDS than ever before are on treatment, only half of the people in need of treatment actually receive it. One of the reasons for this shortfall is the shortage of healthcare workers. The global goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care is only possible with a professional health task force that is well equipped with the latest clinical evidence; and enough well trained counselors, community workers and educators who can inform their communities about HIV prevention, rights and health options.
Since 2016, most countries have followed the WHO guidelines that call for excellent HIV care and have set a target of 90-90-90 (90% of HIV infected people will know their status; 90% will be on treatment; and 90% will have an undetectable viral load) by 2020. As the knowledge and teamwork of health workers increases, more patients will be initiated on treatment and, most importantly, retained in care.
In 2016, Health[e]Foundation trained many new teams of health workers with the HIV[e]Education and Treat’nCare[e]Education programs in China, Jamaica, Kenya, and Tanzania. The Female and Family[e]Education and the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights programs for midwives and the Health[e] Community program for community workers continued in Rwanda and was introduced in Ethiopia. Health[e]Living, another prevention program, was provided as a new App in South Africa and introduced in Uganda. As every year, we trained adolescents on International Schools in the Netherlands with our comprehensive sexuality education program.
Two new programs were introduced in 2016: Refugee Care[e]Education and Community Based Participatory Research - CBPR[e]Education. Refugee Care[e] Education was adapted and translated before it was provided to six European countries. A slight adaptation of the content and a translation in Arabic was made available to (former) refugees/migrants with a medical background. Community Based Participatory Research - CBPR[e]education was developed in house and provided to new community researchers from Central Asia and Eastern Europe; the kick off meeting was held in Kyrgyzstan.
You can find an overview of all our programs in the What We Do booklet
The existing free for all online programs – Ebola[e]Education, Abstract Writing[e]Education and Refugee Care[e]Education – were followed by participants all over the world.
In 2016, Health[e]Foundation trained a total of 8,348 participants. The past year has been characterized by the continuation of our Female and Family[e]Education program in Rwanda and the start of the Female and Family[e]Education program in Ethiopia; HIV Treat’n Care[e]Education in Jamaica, Kenya, Tanzania and online in China; Health[e]Living program in South Africa and Uganda; EUR-HUMAN: Primary Health Care for Refugees in Europe; CBPR[e]Education in Kyrgyzstan; and continued updating and implementation of our core courses such as HIV[e]Education and TB[e]Education.1/4
The application (App), was finalized and made available for downloading from our website in 2016. This was a new development of the App that was previously provided via prepared tablets in South African and Uganda. Now, all participants can download the App and download the course of their choice via our website. Adding an App as a new tool to our traditional USB sticks provides a new way of reaching participants who have limited access to the internet, since only an initial internet connection is needed and the participant can work offline for the remaining study period.2/4
The year 2016 ended with a positive balance of € 288.765. The total income was € 1.006.363.. The provision for non-reclaimable VAT was deemed no longer necessary. Therefore, the release of non-deductible VAT for 2014-2015 was added to the total income.3/4
Health[e]Foundation started the Health[e]Families project in Ethiopia in 2015 and the main roll out started in 2016. The aim of the Health[e]Families project is to improve knowledge levels about maternal and newborn health for healthcare professionals and community members in Ethiopia through a blended learning approach and mHealth intervention. A text message and voice message service for pregnant women, ‘LUCY – A mobile message service for Ethiopian Women’ was implemented in 2016 to promote timely and regular antenatal care attendance among pregnant women and to provide a comprehensive range of pregnancy and newborn care information. LUCY was launched in Adama, Jimma, Bahir Dar and Hawassa.4/4