HIV Training Equips Health Workers to Better Serve Vulnerable Populations in Belize
Several public health workers attended an HIV training at the George Price Center in Belmopan. The training focused on improving the skills and knowledge in providing proper care for a wide-range of needs for HIV patients. According to Ivan Cruickshank, the Executive Director, of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) explained to our newsroom that the vulnerable population refers to women, young people and those who are more likely to be affected by HIV.
Ian Cruickshank, Executive Director, CVC: “Our work is heavily around HIV and human rights and so we are trying to assist the health system with strengthening the capacity of the healthcare workers to be able to deal with a lot of people or all the different groups that are affected by HIV. So our most vulnerable population for HIV when we talk about vulnerability here we are talking about people who are most likely to be affected by HIV. We talk about our women, our young people because what we see is that a higher risks, higher prevalence of HIV among these populations. We have our sex workers, our men who have sex with men, our transgender persons. When you look at the data the data is showing that because of the different social vulnerabilities that they face these groups tend to be more at risk for HIV. What are the some of the things that we are doing to support the community is that we have different programs to help them understand how to access services whether it is health services, social protection services, we are also working with them around human rights and how they can address issues of human rights. We work with different duty bearers such as our healthcare workers, our police, our judicial officers to ensure that if those rights are violated that they are able to provide redress to them and for those who are providing services that they are able to provide services free of stigma and discrimination.”
The training continues tomorrow and will also include members of law-enforcement agencies. The event is being held in collaboration with the National AIDS Commission.