Life Skills Education and Counseling - Kigalama - Kigalama Primary School - Namutumba
Visit by Lorna Katagara on 2018-09-17
2018-09-17 09:48:54 UTC
2018-09-18 07:46:51 UTC
10:16-17:10 (6 h 54 m)
12:17-15:17 (3 h 0 m)
3 h 54 m
Village Critical Needs
Village Action Steps
Staff Action Steps
Sanitation Hygiene Committee
Water Users Committee
Other Class Notes
Three Stone Fires
Access to Clean Water
Water Access Explain
Life Skills Education and Counseling community lesson
Kigalama Primary School
HIV/STDs Prevention,Disease Progression and Positive Behaviour
Total Student Attendance
Total Parent Attendance
School Staff Attendees
Life Skills Teacher
- For the community members to know how they can prevent themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS.
Lorna went to this village to teach about HIV prevention and Disease Progression and positive behavior.
Lorna reached at the meeting place and found when a few men had gathered waiting for her. She asked them where the women were and they told her that they were still in their gardens. Lorna decided to wait for a few minutes to allow women join them. Isaac the secretary went back into the community to remind the members of the lessons going on. After waiting a while, the meeting started and an opening prayer was said. Lorna was then requested to start her lesson as the rest joined them.
Lorna started by reviewing the previous lesson on the Immune system, women and HIV AIDS. Those who were present said what they remembered about these topics. After the preview Lorna asked for volunteers to act out how the immune system works. It was fun. After all this , Lorna introduced the new topic HIV/AIDS prevention and Disease Progression and positive behaviour.
Under HIV prevention Lorna asked the community members for some of the ways one can prevent themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS. Members mentioned condom use, avoiding sharing sharp instruments. Lorna added getting tested as a person and also for couples to test before being involved in any sexual activity. Lorna also urged couples to remain faithful to their partners and if not at least use condoms. Here one member asked how safe were condoms? Lorna said they were not 100% safe but with proper use condoms help in preventing STDs, pregnancy’s and also HIV. Lorna also mentioned the universal precautions in HIV prevention and this is mainly for the health workers. For example; during delivery, the health personnel is required to wear gloves and Incase of blood spilling, they were required to wear glasses over their eyes, masks over their mouth. If a nurse accidentally pierced herself and is at risk of getting HIV, he/she should seek immediate medical assistance. Another precautions was to always have a first aid kit especially for schools or even in homes.
Under Disease Progression, they looked at the window period , incubation and honeymoon period.
- Window period ;is the time between infection and when a person develops enough antibodies to show up positive on the HIV test. Usually between 2 weeks and 3 to six months. At this time a person has a very high viral load and is very infectious. This answered one of the members questions of how come one can test negative and yet they have had sex with an infected person.
- Incubation period; on the other hand is the time between infection and development of disease symptoms associated with AIDs. This could take many years.
- Honeymoon period; this is the time between the end of window and incubation period. Here the virus is living harmoniously with the body. Also the person is less infectious.
They concluded by looking at the co-factors that could make a person already infected with HIV get sick faster. For example not eating well, not getting enough rest, getting reinfected with more HIV by having sex without a condom. Lorna encouraged the community members to help these people and not stigmatize against them.
Next Visit: 2018-10-01 - Purpose: Teach on cure and treatment
Acting out how our Immune system works in fighting diseases
Lorna teaching on Disease Progression
Lorna demonstrating on the proper use of condom.
Lorna also demonstrated the use of a female condom.