WILLOW training is an educational training, which aims at imparting knowledge to women who are HIV positive who have different educational level, age, and backgrounds. The training has four sessions which are gender pride, healthy and unhealthy relationship, reproductive health and coping skills. This training helps women living with HIV to prevent themselves from being re-infected, getting opportunistic infections and infecting others.
The training has been conducted by CCT in Kiteto and Simanjiro district from 1ST July to 15TH July, 2015 where by 131 women were trained. Women who attended the training promised to use the knowledge they got for changing their ways of living to avoid being re-infected and infecting others.
This training was first conducted in Kibondo District on 5th of May,2015, twenty women attended the training and below are the changes which have been noticed;-
- Participants have been able to understand what are their core values and from those values they have been able to formulate their short and long term goals.
- Gender pride awakened these women and they are now proud with their gender which helps them to take a good care of their selves and people around them as proud and strong women. They have realised positive qualities which they posses and how strong they are in bringing happiness for themselves others.
- Participants have improved their communication skills and this has helped them to get positive reaction from others. They have known how powerful communication is, in building or breaking relationship with others.
- Participants who had stressful life learned on how to change some situations which they can change or cope with some situations which they can’t change.
- Participants recognized the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationship and its impacts in physical and mental health and also its connection in spreading HIV.
- Participants after knowing some risk behaviours which might cause them to get new infections / infecting others have been able to stay away from these behaviours.
We also expect that after this training Kiteto and Simanjiro WILLOW women will benefit from this training by adopting the above mentioned positive behavioural change as it has happened in Kibondo.