PROGRAMS

Touching Nations serve communities that can be characterized as being migratory and demographically diverse and we offer community orientated primary health care where people live, work and study. In addition to this, we provide facility-based HIV and TB counselling as well as victim empowerment programs and interventions. As such Touching Nations have a number of professional nurses as part of their cadre of clinical staff and trained community care workers, auxiliary social workers and enjoy progressive relationships with doctors, academic institutions, ward counsellors, social workers, dietitians, environmental health officers, ECD centre managers, both primary and secondary school staff and community leaders at various strata and influence in the community. Through training and mentorship we have been able to set up support systems that complement our health and social programmes. Our relationship with government directorates and communities is directed to build and strengthen public health care and social cohesion.

TB Councelling
Community Health Services
CBS
TB Screening and Management
HIV Councelling
HIV/AIDS Counselling


CC&C
Digital Health
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HIV/AIDS Counselling
Empowerment
Victim Empowerment




Community Health Services

These services are provided to patients in their own home or an alternate living environment offering individual assessment and interventions supporting admission avoidance, faster recovery from illness, timely discharge from hospital and achievement and maintenance of optimal functioning. Wellness, health promotion and prevention of ill health consists of an array of interventions that support the actions people take to maintain health and wellbeing, prevent illness and accidents, care for minor health problems/ailments and long term conditions. HCB services include screening and referrals.

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TB Screening and Management

Drug resistant tuberculosis (DR TB) patient support models of care in response to the need for a structured approach to the treatment and counselling offered to patients diagnosed with DR TB. This services is expressed by home visits to all newly diagnosed DR-TB patients as well as those who have transferred in or discharged from hospital. The service also provide patient support in the community and monitor all patients’ adherence to treatment. Support groups form part of the continuum of care and facilitate education and support to patients. Counsellors conduct training workshops for community-based organisations and participate in outreach events.

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HIV/AIDS Counselling

This service use methods of both walk-in and public campaigning in supporting the key intervention strategies to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in communities. Counsellor offering HCT service use ACTS model for new clients seeking HIV testing and conduct adherence and follow up counselling and ensure treatment readiness. The service extends to intervention with struggling and defaulting clients and secure group facilitation for club activities. Furthermore health education and information (group based) on HIV/STI/TB and ART related issues are conducted in the waiting rooms of the clinics and/or at community level.

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Digital Health

The program in conjunction with the Department of Health used a fully interoperable digital health solution to support implementation of the community oriented primary care model – COPC. It is an is an enhanced and integrated community-based model of care with the objective to improve access to care by strengthening screening (‘catching’) and referral (‘matching’) of clients at risk. This program is currently being piloted in the Delft area in Cape Town and make use of community health workers doing door-to-door health promotion and support services to patients. The objective is to improve linkage to care data of electronic community-based referrals using a novel Health Information Exchange (HIE).

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Victim Empowerment

The program aims to render social crime prevention programmes in identified high-risk areas to all vulnerable children and adults; especially (including children, parents/ caregivers and educators). The primary objective thus is to reduce the extent of recidivism and vulnerability to crime by providing psycho-social and statutory services. The organization aligns itself with the institutionalization of social crime prevention and the (integrated social crime prevention strategy) ISCPS that will be attained through the achievement of six umbrella objectives. In addressing social crime, localized experience are key to learning about both the causes and the systemic dysfunctions that perpetuate and even increase levels of criminality. Local solutions are thus explored for the basis of the strategic implementation of a provincial or national strategy.

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