HIV and AIDS Programme Staff at Capacity Building Event
UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme recently reflected on 2015 during a capacity building event organised for staff members at the Salt Rock Hotel on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
The purpose of the event was, among other things, to recognise the outstanding job done by staff throughout 2015, to strengthen their capacity to deal with the daily challenges they face in the University community while discharging their responsibilities, and to assess the progress made by the department last year.
Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) Senior Research Specialist, Dr Jill Hanass-Hancock delivered a presentation on Disability/HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), explaining the link between Disability/HIV and SRHR, and developments in Disability/HIV and SRHR in relation to latest research and policy proposals.
The UKZN Co-Ordinator for the Disability Unit, Mr Nevil Balakrishna, presented a workshop on Disability and Sexuality aimed at explaining that people with disabilities also had sexual diversity and sexual needs and thus required the same amount of respect and level of service as those without disabilities.
UKZN HIV and AIDS Programme Coordinator, Ms Nomonde Magantolo, spoke on working alone and in a team to achieve a collective desired outcome. She said there was a need to appreciate different conflict resolution strategies in the work place and the importance of self-development.
A dynamic debriefing session was done by a Psychologist, Ms Hameeda Bassa, which empowered staff to deal with work related trauma and other general life ordeals.
Mr Amith Ramballie, Senior Student Development Specialist (Manager: UKZN Disability Support Unit, Central Information Coordinator and HIV and AIDS Programme) demonstrated relaxation sessions employees could use at work or at home.
A workshop on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Family Planning was facilitated by Sister Khalelani Terry, who is based at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg Campus Health Clinic.
Staff members also took part in different team building sessions.