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    Bhaso holds counselling course for Mutimurefu Prison Officers


    ALMA MUKUNGUMA

    MASVINGO
    – Batanai HIV and Aids Service Organisation recently conducted a five-day counselling training programme for 30 Mutimurefu Prison Officers who then received certificates at the end of it.
    The counselling training programme was conducted by a team of experts in counselling drawn from a company called Connect Zimbabwe and Bhaso financed the process.
    The graduation took place at the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services Masvingo Province Offices and was attended by the Officer Commanding Masvingo, Assistant Commissioner Social Ndanga.
    Bhaso Director Simbarashe Mahaso said in order to effectively wage the fight against HIV and Aids, there was need for the organisation to move into prisons where counselling skills are extremely critical.
    Some of the courses covered in the training programme include counselling rehabilitation.
    Assistant Commissioner Ndanga said the programme was important for ZPCS particularly at a time when there are economic difficulties and Government has limited resources to support such.
    "As BHASO we offer projects empowering people especially those affected by HIV & and AIDS. HIV and Aids is found everywhere including in prisons but the need for counselling is much more critical for inmates who in many cases would have lost hope," said Mahaso.
    "I am grateful for the support we received from BHASO. There is a lot of counselling that is needed in prisons and we are therefore very happy with the capacitation we received," said Ass Commissioner Ndanga.
    One of the graduates, Senior Prison Officer Solomon Chikozho said the course was important as it enlightened them in terms of how to handle prisoners when counselling them.
    "Being a prisoner is a burden so as a counsellor you have to tell the victim that being jailed is not the end of the world. There is a future ahead," said Chikozho. news
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