The leaders were provided with the current statistics of HIV & Aids. In addition to this, they acquired more knowledge about opportunistic infections, CD4 Count, Viral Load, positive living and the importance of disclosure. To crown the workshop, the leaders were taken through a session of qualities of a good counselor. At the end of the training the inmate leaders were awarded certificates of participation and they pledged to be “CHANGE AGENTS” in their respective wards and areas of influence.
In summary this was a successful training that enabled inmates to open up and share experiences in counseling of their peers and also ask questions which were responded to. Here below are some of the comments;
Swaleh; ”The workshop has been very educative, I have been refreshed and am going to do my best to pass on the same information to my peers, I will continue to not only help the HIV & AIDs positive but also those who are negative so that they can live free of HIV & AIDS in and out of prison.”
Jacob; ’’The training has impacted me with counselling skills, I now know how to deal with a person living with HIV & AIDs than before.”
Isaac; “I am very happy about this program that Wells of Hope put in place for us, I have gotten deeper understanding of words like” Viral Load, CD4 count and positive living.”
The Senior Officer who represented the Officer-in-Charge (OC) Upper Prison Luzira appreciated Wells of Hope for conducting this training annually which impacts more than 1000 inmates every year in the prison communities and saves many from losing their lives.
Ellen Eva Ssuubi Wells of Hope Executive Director thanked Uganda Prison Service for the continued trust and opportunity given to the organization.