The first ever Psychosocial Counselling Training course for deaf people was held at Young Women Christian Association in Lusaka from 16- 20 May, 2011. Presentation of their certficates was on the last day.
21 deaf Counsellers have now been trained to alleviate the sufferings that deaf people experience when attending HIV counselling at hospitals and clinics, where they gain only limited health information due to lack of interpreters, accessible language or formats on electronic media.
Dr. Mwaba Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Health appreciated the value of the training and lamented that there was a huge gap between the deaf and the hearing people in terms of transmission of information. He promised that he would work with the Government and the Ministry of Health to support this initiative sponsored by USAID, so that the request to train more deaf personnel country wide was included in the national budget.
Pastor Duncan Kabulo Chief Executive for International Baptist Deaf Ministries appealed to the Ministry of Health to work closely with his organization.
Kenneth L. Chanda, PHI correspondent in Zambia, who was invited to the presentation.