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IUM HIV/AIDS Department Visits Windhoek Correctional Facility

IUM Department of HIV/AIDS Management during their visit to the Windhoek Correctional Facility


A delegation from the IUM Department of HIV/AIDS Management recently visited the Windhoek Correctional Facility in order to establish a relationship with Namibian Correctional Services for the transfer of knowledge and skills through internship placements for IUM students who are studying HIV/AIDS Management. The IUM delegation consisted of, amongst others, 60 students who were in their third and fourth years of HIV/AIDS Management and their lecturers.

The delegation held a session with staff of the Correctional Facility regarding its operations and activities particularly, programmes and projects that are available to inmates as intervention strategies to minimize the spread of HIV/AIDS. The session was followed by a tour around the facility where students got a chance to interact with inmates. Areas visited were such as administration blocks, Workshop, the low medium to high medium prison units and clinic.

The visit was beneficial to students as it addressed the subject of HIV/AIDS among inmates as well as exposing students to intervention programmes and rehabilitation programmes that are provided at the facility. In addition, students who have interest in conducting research (field projects) in prison services were provided with information on how to go about it.

Dr. Abigail Chipare, Senior Lecturer in the Department of HIV/AIDS Management said that visits such as this one would be continuous in the Department in order to expose students to HIV/AIDS Management programmes in the public, corporate and NGO sectors.

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