e-thena ART DELIVERY PROGRAMME
- The programme is an interactive, multimedia programme
during which the user can dictate his own pace of
- The programme uses animation and has very clear
- 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
- 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
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 PROGRAMME STORYLINE
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:
- Immune system
- Opportunistic infections
- Anti-retroviral drugs
- Generic medicine
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Planning for the future
- Encouraging openess and de-stigmatization of HIV/AIDS
- Basic rights of peoples who are HIV-positive
- Encouraging a volunteer-culture to help with the
management of ART patient care and monitoring