n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Competence of lay counsellors in HIV voluntary counselling and testing at Mopani District of Limpopo Province, South Africa : an observational study

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Competent lay counsellors contribute to the scaling up of Voluntary Counselling and Testing uptake services and to the achievement of Millennium goal number 6. The purpose of the study was to assess the competence of the lay counsellors related to Voluntary Counselling and Testing in the health facilities of Mopani district, namely: Greater Tzaneen, Greater Letaba and BaPhalaborwa municipalities. Quantitative research design was used. The population consisted of thirty three (33) lay counsellors who were implementing Voluntary Counselling and Testing. Data was collected using a structured check list. Data were analysed quantitatively using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 21.0 to obtain frequency distribution and percentages. The results revealed that more than 50% of the lay counsellors were competent in using verbal and non-verbal communication to establish a therapeutic and supportive environment for clients. Less competent skills were demonstrated on information sharing on HIV issues. Recommendations included, in-service training, formal supervision and sensitization of health managers to the importance and logistical requirements of counselling.

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