English Literacy Support for HIV-Positive Women

Since mid-June, NWHN has been providing English literacy lessons for two support groups for HIV-positive women in Havana and Okuryngava, Katutura. The groups meet once a week for two hours to converse in English,  learn practical phrases, and practice reading and writing.

Many of the women have little experience with English and had described great difficulty in communicating with doctors and explained that they often answered “no” to every question they were asked by a health care workers simply because they could not understand. The literacy groups have attempted to address this problem by practicing common dialogues between doctors and patients, as well as providing translation sheets for group members to keep with them.

The groups have also focused on creating CVs so that they are able to seek employment in the formal sector. Being able to fill in applications and prepare CVs has helped to build the self-esteem of group members and give them the confidence to gain economic independence.

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