The Highlands Hope Nurse-Counselor Network met on March 3rd in Ikonda. Mary Musoma from PIUMA was elected to replace Tasilo Ndamu as Secretary of the Network. Tasilo is attending a two year course in public health in Iringa.
The meeting brought everyone up-to-date on the progress of the new computer skills course and also focused on case studies for better patient outcomes.
THE HIGHLANDS HOPE CONSORTIUM TANZANIA
MEETING MINUTES 3RD MARCH 2007
1. Betty Liduke Chairperson VCT/CTC counselor TANWAT
2. Mary Musoma Secretary Counselor PIUMA
3. Evangelista Kayombo Member PMCTC Counselor Ikonda
4. Maksenzia Manga Member PMCTC Counselor Ikonda
5. Potania Mfuse Member VCT Counselor Ikonda
6. Evelina Madunda Member PMCTC/RCH Counselor Ikonda
7. Sixbertha Manga Member PMCTC/RCH Counselor Ikonda
8. Maria Mahenge Member VCT/PMCTC Counselor Ikonda
9. Charles Mhagama Member VCT/HBC Counselor Ikonda
10. Melina Chalamila Member PMCTC Counselor Ikonda
11. Bertina Y Sanga Member VCT Counselor Ikonda
Tasilo Mdamu Secretary VCT/CTC Counselor on training in Iringa PHC
1. Reading of the past minutes
2. Computer course report
3. Case presentation ( case study )
4. Other matters
The meeting was opened by the chairperson Betty Liduke by thanking all participants for their good attendance and welcomed all for the good start of the year 2007
COMPUTER COURSE REPORT
Ikonda and PIUMA counselors were very happy to start the computer course every one explained how he/she started learning computer and how the mouse was difficulty to them but now they are fine with it.
Chairperson explained the program and the discussion made between her and Father Duto the computer teacher the agreement is nurses for the start as foundation as most of them is their first time to use the computer is good for them to be trained the following computer program: Basic knowledge of the computer which they have already started, internet (email etc), word, excel and if time allows access.
Father Duto thinks he can manage to teach them most of the topics before he leaves as the Laboratory school is going to be shifted to Iringa University and all the computers belongs to laboratory should be send to Iringa on August this year.
After long discussion nurse counselors felt they still need more practice, more training and extra time to cover up the programs and still they will need more edition program like CTC2 NACP program as there is a lot to learn.
- If possible the nurse counselor to have at list two computer for HH nurse counselor for practice at their place in the room at Ikonda this will be of much help
- Nurses to find extra teacher who is skilled in computer at Ikonda Hospital for the extra time and practice and who will continue with them when Father Duto goes.
- Nurses to pay for the extra time this is agreed with all nurses.
The chairperson explained to the meeting the donation from Rayben Sanga 100 USD which is already in the bank and the donation from Canadian HH friends which is not yet arrived but is already send . All nurse counselors were very happy and very thankful to all who put their effort to help them they promised to work hard and use the donation in a good way.
CASE PRESENTATION ( CASE STUDY )
This was been presented by the nurses from PMCTC Ikonda hospital
A Pregnant woman aged 22 years from Ifakara Morogoro region reported at ANC as a waiting mother with nine month pregnancy; she hadn't been tested before, even counseled. The nurse at ANC explained to the women about PMCTC (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Treatment) whereby after counseling she agreed to be tested and the result revealed HIV positive. The women refused the result, saying that it is not true as she is a born-again person. The counselor at the PMCTC advised the women to go to another place to be tested. She agreed to go to the VCT clinic whereby she discussed with her husband and both of them tested again and the result came, both HIV positive. After post-counseling, the woman agreed to take niverapine as prophylaxis for child. Before labour there was an early rupture of membranes; at the end the women got a normal delivery but the child died after 24 hours.
What was the management of this mother?
Tasilo Mdamu the secretary has joined advanced diploma in Iringa PHC
The members agreed to do election for another person to take over the position. Mary Musoma the vice secretary was proposed to take over the position and Betina Sanga elected for vice secretary
Treasure of the HH
As the HH nurse counselor is growing all members felt it is time and important to have a treasure Mr. Charles Mhagama the VCT/HBC counselor at Ikonda hospital was elected for the position of treasurer.
CONSTITUTION FOR HH NURSE COUNSELOR
After long discussion nurses felt is the time now to have constitution and rules for guidance of the group so the next meeting will be for formulation of HH constitution and rules.
DONATION FOR COMPUTER TRAINING
Letter to be written to HH friends to thank them for their donation and richly heart
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON 2ND JUNE 2007 AT IKONDA HOSPITAL
FORMULATION OF THE HH NURSE COUNSELOR CONSTITUTION
The meeting was closed by chairperson at 12:30 p.m