However, it became apparent that such principles and methods were equally effective in non-HIV areas, including personal empowerment and leadership development in corporate settings.
History: Programme Design & Implementation
LTR (and its predecessor Empowerment Concepts) has designed and implemented diverse large-scale programmes for clients, including:
Vida Positiva (Positive Living) (2001-2003)
National HIV/AIDS ‘Activation’ programme implemented in Mozambique. Commissioned by the National AIDS Council of Mozambique. Involved directly capacitating delegates from private sector, government, faith-based organisation, to implement interventions regarding HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, treatment advocacy, food security, nutritional security, support groups, home-based care, and behaviour-change methodology. A wide range of materials – including audio-visual – were developed for the programme. This programme was audited and evaluated by several independent organisations, and found to be one of the most cost-effective and rapid grass-roots capacitation programmes in SADC history.
Corporate Wellness (2006-2008)
Tsogo Gaming (casino industry with five units) commissioned the Company in 2006 to do a Wellness needs survey and an Absenteeism Analysis. This was followed by designing an evidence-based Wellness Programme. LTR (formerly Empowerment Concepts) trained delegates from all units in being “Wellness Champions”, networking the various services providers, and providing capacitation in areas not covered by other service providers, such as nutrition and primary health education. Data from 2008 indicate that the programme has reduced per head sick leave by 14%.
Post Test Clubs (2009-2011)
Post Test Clubs are a community-based program that promotes HIV prevention, treatment and support within a larger framework of building social capital in the following areas:
• Income generation
• Personal motivation and emotional intelligence
• Education concerning the body and immune system
• HIV, STI & TB Prevention and treatment
• Primary health education and prevention
• Food and water security and nutrition
• Substance abuse
• Mental health
• Gender equity
One of the important aspects of the effectiveness of PTCs is that everyone – HIV positive or negative – is empowered and educated on all major aspects of HIV prevention and treatment, with little or no barrier of stigma.
Another critical factor is that the principle entry requirement to receiving such empowerment and education is having an HIV test, as well as being tested for diabetes, hypertension, and other primary health conditions. In addition, the PTC program directly promotes referrals to and from Health Care clinics and other social services. Over a single year (2010/2011) more than 35,000 community members participated in PTC activities, of which 16,000 were HIV-related. This programme was piloted in North West Province (2009/10) and the Xhariep District of the Free State (2010/2011), and funded by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control), under the auspices of the University of Washington (I-TECH SA).
Wellness Clubs (2011-2013)
This programme (2011 to 2013) was developed and implemented for the largest ‘Combination Prevention’ (medical and behavioural) research program to date, entitled Re Mmogo Pholong (Together in Wellness), funded by the CDC (Centres for Disease Control), under the auspices of the University of Washington, and monitored by the University of California (San Francisco) CAPS unit. It involved the development, design, training and delivery of a 17-session support group protocol (Prevention With Positives) plus diverse community activities for the general community. The support group protocol had a strong Prevention with Positives component. This programme was piloted and delivered in the North West Province (2011/13). All contents were rigorously reviewed by the University of Washington, and UCSF (Centre for AIDS Prevention Studies).