By Jonathan Dudding - Director, International Programmes
While the facilitators have continued their work with the support groups over the last few months, there have been two developments:
1. We piloted a scheme with Globalgiving to gather stories from the people who had attended the Stigma Reduction workshop by sending texts to a mobile phone portal on the internet. This worked to some extent, and we will continue to explore ways in which the impact of our work can be assessed. Reports we were getting back confirmed that the training had given people living with HIV/AIDS sufficient confidence to talk to their families, friends and neighbours about their condition, and to challenge some of the misconceptions that people have of them.
2. We have renewed contact with Africare, the Ugandan non-Government organisation which was part of the original Living Well project in Kenya and Uganda, and a workshop will be taking place at the end of February 2013 in which key partners from both Uganda and Kenya will be meeting to discuss community needs and to design a joint project which will link the various individuals and communities that have been reached by Living Well and expand the reach of the project to new groups. The intent is to take the project to the next stage- bringing in other components to better suit the needs of the people and support them to improve their lives.
The facilitators you have helped us train will be playing a key part in this programme, enabling us to reach more people and to ensure that the programme is meeting their needs.
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