• The programme is an interactive, multimedia programme during which the user can dictate his own pace of training.
  • The programme uses animation and has very clear graphics.
  • The use of audio-visual presentation enhances the transfer of information to users.
  • Navigation is simple, in order to accommodate users who are not computer literate.
  • The programme includes an interactive glossary that visually explains any difficult words.
  • The programme features reinforcement mechanisms. Within each section users will encounter simple multiple choice questions giving them an indication of whether they truly understand the information or whether they are required to re-cap this information. When a question is answered incorrectly the users are taken back to the exact section in question. Summaries conclude each chapter.
  • There is a print option for essential information contained in each chapter for home use.
  • A simple story line facilitates in the presentation of the content.
  • The characters in the story are ethnically diverse and were created in such a way that they appeal to all cultural sensitivities within the target market.
  • Great emphasis is placed on the importance of building good relationships - a factor often neglected in AIDS training programmes.
  • The content is non-political.

The management system features a database that:

  • Stores user information, including how far each user has progressed in the programme
  • Allows the user to login and out of the programme
  • Keeps track of how long a user spends working
  • Will return the user to the scene that he/she was working on at the time they were logged in.

The factual information is presented in the form of a storyline. The characters are representive of South African demographics. They were specifically chosen with clearly defined roles in mind. The programme illustrates how the effects of HIV/AIDS impacts both directly and indirectly on the lives of most people.

The devastation that HIV/AIDS is causing cannot be ignored. We are confident that this CBT programme will achieve the results for which it was developed - namely to make people aware of both the facts and myths that surround HIV/AIDS.

Delivery of anti-retroviral therapy

  • Is there as yet any cure for HIV and AIDS?
  • What are anti-retroviral drugs?
  • Is anti-retroviral therapy a simple process?
  • Is anti-retroviral therapy cheap?

The advantages of "treatment literacy", both for the patient and the health services, are enormous. The e-thena™ ART delivery programme explains the following:

  • Virus
  • Retrovirus
  • Immune system
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Anti-retroviral drugs
  • Generic medicine
  • Side-effects
  • Resistance
  • Mutation

ART must be part of a comprehensive package of care, support and prevention:

  • Can you afford the treatment
  • How well would you be able to manage your treatment?
  • How anti-retroviral therapy works
  • Most important to the success of an anti-retroviral programme is adherence to the treatment
  • When is the best time to start with anti-retroviral therapy?
  • What is a CD4 cell count?
  • How does the medication work?
  • Why should I stick to the programme?
  • Do I take more than one drug at a time?
  • What about the side-effects of anti-retroviral medication?
  • If I receive anti-retroviral therapy, can I still infect other people with HIV?
  • What about anti-retroviral therapy and pregnancy?
  • What should I do if I already have TB as a result of HIV or AIDS and want anti-retroviral treatment?
  • Are there any medical conditions that might complicate anti-retroviral treatment?
  • Which substances or medication should be avoided when receiving ART?

A selection of case studies is used to illustrate the most important life skills relating to the successful management of ART. Issues addressed are:

  • Strategies to facilitate adherence to an ART progamme
  • The importance of establishing personal support systems
  • Planning for the future
  • Encouraging openess and de-stigmatization of HIV/AIDS and ART
  • Basic rights of peoples who are HIV-positive
  • Encouraging a volunteer-culture to help with the management of ART patient care and monitoring