The development of this program is a response to the HIV & AIDS pandemic in Tanzania aimed at providing a comprehensive response through the home and community-based care to people living with HIV & AIDS. The Diploma program is designed for qualified health care professionals and other cadres working in local communities, to build and develop the capacity for local management in meeting the challenges of HIV & AIDS
The approach to this program will use the principles of adult learning using innovative learning approaches that will encourage lifelong learning in the students that will lead to improvement and development of local and holistic health care services. The work-based nature of this program will utilize and analyze the students’ everyday working experiences thus facilitating their ability to build on this knowledge and develop the services that meet the individual needs of clients their families and communities.
The rationale of the program.
There is the number of short courses and workshops that address various aspects of care related to HIV & AIDS but because HIV & AIDS present a multitude of challenges in affecting individuals and communities they may not address the holistic needs of those affected. This Programme will go beyond the nonintegrated approach of short courses and the biomedical model, which is only focused on the clinical aspects of the disease. It encourages teamwork to address the challenges holistically, thus improving the strategic services which will result in an improved quality of life for those affected.
The approach to learning is a partnership between the students, the community and the University where the teacher is a facilitator of the students learning the process and the student takes the responsibility for their learning.
The aim is to develop and contribute to a more strategic approach to the provision of comprehensive services for people living with HIV & AIDS through the home and community-based structures. The students will be enabled to play a major role in their care and management of HIV & AIDS and in the strategic development of services including the development of other cadres to deliver best practice.
- By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
- Assess the principles and practice of holistic palliative care for adults and children with HIV & AIDS and analyze, utilize and adapt strategies for developing an effective continuum of care in their workplace.
- Utilize counseling and communication skills to interact effectively with adults and children with HIV & AIDS, their families, and communities.
- Apply effective clinical skills for caring for adults and children with HIV & AIDS, which take into account the associated, sensitive gender and cultural issues.
- Conduct needs assessments and writes project proposals with relevant and effective interventions that respond to specific identified needs of people with HIV & AIDS.
- Demonstrate appropriate attitudes and skills for self and others to effectively monitor evaluate and direct home and community-based care programs that are integrated into the health services and document and disseminate best practices for replication.
- Develop capacity building through training of other multidisciplinary members in the home and community-based care.
This is a part-time Diploma course consisting of six modules plus one elective. The course runs over 18 months and is designed to meet the needs of qualified health care professionals and others engaged in HIV & AIDS care and management.
This program will lead to the award of Diploma in HIV and AIDS of Tumaini University Makumira
- Ordinary Level Secondary Education Certificate with three credits or five passes in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics.
- A Diploma/Advance Diploma in nursing, clinical medicine, social work, counseling, and teaching from an approved and recognized institution by TCU or NACTE.
- A professional development profile or comprehensive professional and personal curriculum vitae.
- Employed in the field of HIV & AIDS with a minimum of one year experience.
- Successful completion of pre-program writing skills workshop.