Because I’m a CATS

Because I’m a CATS , I support my peers to know and accept their HIV status

Because I’m a CATS , I support my peers to adhere well by facilitating daily adherence support and monitoring which can be done at the health facility, home visits or over the phone

Because I’m a CATS , I support my peers to be mentally healthy by  doing mental health screenings to all my peers. If there is a mental health challenge I then refer to the Zvandiri mentor,  Primary Counselor or phsycologist

Because I’m a CATS , I support my peers to be safe from TB by doing TB screenings, if found with symptoms I therefore refer for further investigations

Because I’m a CATS , I support my peers by referring them for assistance  if I found them with any risks or challenges which may hinder their adherence

Because I’m a CATS , I support my peers by organizing/facilitating support groups where they can come and learn and socialize

Like what they say, for one to be a better helper he or she must be a better example

Therefore_

Because I’m a CATS , it must all start with me

Because I’m a CATS I must first learn to accept my HIV status

Because I’m a CATS , I must make sure that I adhere well

Because I’m a CATS , must make sure that my virus is well suppressed

Because I’m a CATS , I must make sure that I know and understand information to do with my status

BECAUSE OF ZVANDIRI

The moment I realized  that I was HIV positive, my life changed

I began seeing myself as if I was in the darkest tunnel

A tunnel without hope

A tunnel filled with sorrow

A tunnel without dreams

A tunnel without light to the extent that I couldn’t see were my future was going

Then a CATS from ZVANDIRI came, he supported me and assured me that

 Because of ZVANDIRI , there is hope

 Because of ZVANDIRI , there’s joy and happiness

 Because of ZVANDIRI , there is light at the end of the tunnel

 Because of ZVANDIRI , my dreams will come true

 From then my life changed to good

I smile because of ZVANDIRI

The sky is no longer the limit, I’m now able to go beyond the sky because of ZVANDIRI

My dreams are already a reality because of ZVANDIRI

I’m already experiencing the light at the end of the tunnel because of ZVANDIRI

 

Poem by:

Edson Maungwa 

Community Adolescent Treatment Supporter (CATS)