HIVEngage is a digital counselling syllabus that supports adults from testing through to adherence with engaging, open-source videos in multiple languages.
Counselling and testing remain key components of HIV/AIDS prevention as they provide an entry point into prevention, care, treatment and support services. The current HIV counselling model in South Africa is however outdated and non-standardised. To address the issue of out-dated counselling modules and low human capacity for counselling, Aviro Health, with the support of The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has developed an open-sourced, digitised HIV counselling syllabus produced specifically with patients in mind and contextualised for various populations / scenarios, one that can be easily consumed via mobile phone and in multiple languages. With the NDOH and stakeholders, we have also developing a strategy for the implementation and dissemination of this open-source content.
Our goal is not to replace counsellors, but rather to empower and support them in providing quality counselling services to more clients on a daily basis by giving them high quality digital content and tools. By handing over the routine drudgery of the typical counselling session to a “digital counsellor”, counsellors will be able to focus on the atypical/concerning cases and to see more patients in a given day. A successful programme will open up innovative ways to support the NSP 2017-2022 in that it will break the cycle of transmission by efficiently and effectively educating individuals (particularly at risk populations) via a medium with which they are already very familiar. Most importantly, in a country like South Africa where there is a 68% mobile phone penetration rate, digitised and contextualised HIV counselling has the potential to reach more people with comprehensive and customised content.
The newly created content was user-tested and premiered in late 2019 and we are currently in the process of developing a platform where the content can be easily and freely accessed. In the meantime, anyone wanting to access / use content can please be in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.