The training was conducted in four sessions which were facilitated by different people. The first session was led by Marjorie who welcomed the leaders, introduced the theme as “Sensitizing Inmate leaders to reach out to peers.” She highlighted the objectives of the training which were;
- To improve lives of inmates through providing an updated HIV/AIDS information.
- To help inmate leaders care for people living with HIV/AIDS
- To equip inmate leaders with training skills.
- To encourage positive living and disclose among inmate leaders
The drama team led by Walakira encouraged the participants to know their Sero status, get medication and stop spreading the disease, avoid stigma and adhere to HIV/AIDS drugs.
- Uterus; mothers with weak immunity are liable to diseases which weaken the placenta and allow blood to pass through it to the baby.
- At birth through blood transmission
- At breast feeding when the baby develops scores or the nipple develops scores, blood can be transmitted through the scores to the baby
During this session, the participants had a break where they enjoyed a meal prepared by Wells of Hope Ministries.
The third session was about Effective dissemination of correct information. This session was facilitated by a doctor from the Uganda Prison Service who talked about the importance of communication. He talked about the communication triangle which involves different stakeholders that play a role in the spread, care and prevention of HIV/AIDS. He emphasized the importance of communication as it improves positive living, reduces stress, motivates those who are HIV negative to avoid infection and mitigates stigma and discrimination.
The Director thanked the inmate leaders for their participation and urged them to pass on the information to their fellow inmates.
The Deputy Officer In Charge of the prison thanked Wells of Hope for organizing the event and accepting to be prisoners for one day who however did not commit a crime, this he said because we spent the whole day inside prison. He said that conditions in prison are not favorable in terms of feeding for those living with HIV/AIDS and also adherence to medication as a major cause for deaths among inmates as they refuse to take the drugs as prescribed by the doctor. Additionally, he also talked about skills a peer educator should have like empathy, confidentiality, good communication skills and listening skills. He concluded by urging Wells of Hope to conduct a massive outdoor event to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS to all the inmates rather than only 100 inmates.
After this, the Deputy Officer In Charge, together with Director of Wells of Hope handed over Certificates of participation to the inmates.
Charles also a participant said “I would like to express my sincere thanks to Wells Of Hope and TASO for organizing this workshop to equip inmates with knowledge of awareness to know that HIV is still prevalent and people need to be sensitized and have skills to help those who are already infected or get to those to be infected or re-infected with HIV”