Up to now Sinosizo has been the flagship of the Diocesan AIDS programme. Specialising in Home Based Care, training and caring for people with AIDS, Sinosizo has gained international recognition as a programme that equips ordinary people and especially volunteers, to bring loving and compassionate care to people with AIDS and their families.
Sinosizo (Zulu word for “we help”) Home Based Care was established in 1995 and provides a free palliative care service to people living in townships and informal settlements in the Durban Metropolitan area. The northern areas include Groutville, Etete, Hambanathi, Emona and Newlands – Syanda. The areas of operation in the south are Wentworth, Lamontville A + B, Sundweni and Bhekulwandle.
Sinosizo’s mission is to empower under resourced communities with sufficient skills and knowledge to enable them to provide an acceptable standard of holistic care to those affected by HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and TB.
Their vision is to work for change so that these communities are equipped to take responsibility for the care, support and acceptance of men, women and children affected by and with HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and TB.
Sinosizo believes that people can develop mechanisms to preserve their own health and provide nursing care to sick family members, Neighbours and the community at large. They believe that care has a physical, psychosocial and spiritual dimension. Sinosizo’s core business therefore entails providing communities, families and volunteers with sufficient skills and knowledge to empower them to provide acceptable standards of holistic care to those affected by HIV/AIDS, STD’s & TB.
Sinosizo works within the guidelines of the Catholic Church. It provides:
· Care and support to the sick, orphans and widows.
· Prevention messages promoting abstinence outside of marriage and faithfulness within it.
· Poverty alleviation and nutritional relief by linking to other Catholic organisations such as St Vincent De Paul.
Sinosizo provides training to community-based volunteers, hospices, companies, and churches in all aspects of HIV/AIDS related issues.
Nutrition, Training of Trainers, Peer Educators, Counsellors for adults and children, bereavement counselling, wellness management, home based care, directly observe treatment for tuberculosis, stress management, strengthening the skills of child care givers and memory box facilitators.
Courses are available both in the English and Zulu languages and are available for different levels of literacy.