Manchester University has honoured one its former nursing students who has achieved distinction for her work in helping improve the care of HIV patients in the developing world.
The university’s Outstanding Alumni Awards are given to former students who have achieved distinction in their profession.
The award was presented on 9 July to Catherine O’Keeffe, who is now a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education at the University of London.
She was recognised for her work with Mildmay International. The HIV/AIDS charity delivers care and treatment, prevention work, rehabilitation, training and education for people with HIV across Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.
Dr O’Keefe developed an innovative model of home-based care for people living with the disease. It encourages local people to develop community-based organisations providing nursing care, nutritional support, psychological support and income generating activities.
It also educates locals round the prevention of HIV/AIDS, which in turn gives the family and friends of those with AIDS the skills and knowledge to provide care and support in their own homes.
Building on the success of the model, Mildmay Tanzania established a similar home-based care model for rural communities around Kilimanjaro and Tabora.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s ministry of health has recommended the model should be rolled out nationally and adopted for use in its prisons.
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