The NTIHC Post Test Club was established on 2006.It evolved from the NTIHC teens club that had started earlier in 2005 that aimed at bringing together a lot of young people that were accessing the adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and empower them with knowledge and skills through the model of peer education but also to share experiences with their peers most especially those that been treated for STDs, un wanted pregnancies and those that were once exposed to risky behaviors like something for something love. The main purpose of the club at that time was to respond to the expressed ASRH needs of the young persons for ongoing support services. However, after one year it was realized that many of the clients that used to access services wanted to actively stay in touch with the service providers for ongoing support thus the emergence of the PTC whose major objective was to offer on-going psychosocial support to the overwhelming numbers of clients so that to support the national effort to prevent further spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide psychosocial support to the young persons infected and affected by HIV in general.
Currently, the services and activities done in the club include on-going support counseling, educational talks, recreation (video and games), music dance and drama, training members as peer educators, networking and referral, Information Education Communication (IEC) material production and distribution, exchange visits. The club is open to young persons aged 10-24 yrs that access services with the teenage center.
By 2007The club now has 120 (one hundred and twenty) fully registered members and of these 59 are females and 61 are males.
OBJECTIVES OF NPTC
- To create partnership, collaboration and network with other clubs, NGOs, youth centers and stake holders involved in the provision of ASRH services so that we get updated information to share with fellow youths.
- To help young people explore and develop their talents as well as sharing life skills.
- To encourage young people to have an HIV test through voluntary counseling and testing by telling them the importance in knowing your status.
- To provide ongoing psycho social support to members who have tested for HIV
- To Provide support mechanisms to members who have tested HIV
- To increase public awareness about HIV/AIDS, HCT and other health related services.
ACTIVITIES THE POST TEST CLUB OFFERS TO THE CLIENTS
- Offer counseling and on-going support services to all members.
Provide education on topics related to HIV/AIDS and reproductive health
- Train members as Information ambassadors in communities counseling attendants, reproductive health attendants, peer educators and condom promoters.
- Facilitates mutual support and recreation.
- Facilitate theatre activities (music, dance and drama) for community mobilization and education. MDD is also therapeutic to members.
- Train HIV positive members in public speaking to facilitate them to share their life experiences.
- Train members of the executive committee in Leadership/management skills.
- Train members in Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and Proposal Writing.
- Distribution of IEC materials.
- Participate and attend to functions and occasions at the Naguru teenage center.
Since the introduction of HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) in May 2002, there has been a growing need to start a post- test club to bring together young people who have taken an HIV test. The objective of the club is to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention and promote positive prevention. Membership remains voluntary to young people who have tested for HIV and know their status regardless of the test results. Disclosure is voluntary and currently the club has 379 members of which 198 are males. Post-test club Members meet every Saturday and conduct group discussions on issues related to ASRH in addition to other activities such as games and drama. Some of the members of the post-test club were trained in peer education and are assisting in outreach activities.
Various resource persons from different organization’s such as Uganda Youth Development, AIDS Information Centre,
Straight Talk Foundation, IDI adolescents’ clinic and Mild may among others are invited to facilitate sessions.
90% of the young people seeking services at the teenage Centre are unemployed. NTIHC, through its Post Test club wishes to support income generating projects that will enhance full participation by young people.