MOBILE TESTING UNIT

Mobile VCT unit in the field

Mobile Testing unit in the field

Project: Mobile Testing Unit
Area: Health Care
Coordinator: Vuyiswa Nelunqna

Description: We have a Nursing Sister on site, who provides the local community with medical assistance including family planning and pap smears, counselling and testing. Services include a VCT (voluntary counselling testing) component, and education including the value and importance of nutrition. She is supported by three counsellors who also conduct information sessions at local high schools, educating young people around sexual health and advertising the services at the Etafeni Centre.

In partnership with the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at the University of Stellenbosch, Etafeni has a team of two nurses and four counsellors who go out into the community. They especially target informal settlements, where they park their caravan, attract people with a loudhailer, and then counsel and test for HIV and screen for TB. They are able to diagnose and get many people onto treatment this way.

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