Communities and Organizations
Due to the rapid growth in number of AIDS/HIV patient, a Baptist Church decided to sponsor a task group consisting of seven (7) members aiming to get many more members by attracting HIV/AIDS patients to join them who will be responsible in disseminating information towards the prevention of HIV/AIDS in a certain community. To realize the objective, the task group divided the task into two; the first task is giving assistance to HIV/AIDS victims; and, when these people are ready, they will be engaged in educating the community about the dreadful disease.
As a task force established to provide assistance to AIDS/HIV patients, it has a well-rounded structure that supports each unit within an organization to meet the demands of the work considering the many members who have joined the organization to seek help. Sponsored by a religious group (the Baptist Church), the task force creates programs that will sustain the overall transformation of the patients, which includes spiritual conversion. The tasks are quite difficult since HIV/AIDS patients suffer from emotional trauma because their case is hopeless as if they are living waiting their final destination.
This and many other challenges have to be overcome while dealing with each patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The Nature of Task Group as a Community Since the task group is drawn from the community of HIV/AIDS patients, it is for this reason that the community has the epidemic whose people infested with the disease has no substantial means to support their needs due to job loss or benefit drawback due to exhaust budget. The members who joined the group are mostly young and previously healthy who received unfairness treatment because many health care staffs are afraid of contact with patients having AIDS.
The members joined the task group because they experienced unresponsive care from health providers, which they want to offer to other HIV/AIDS patients. The same people aspire to enhance the health care delivery system for the patients suffering from this disease. This is such a big task that requires a coordinated effort not only of the task group members but also of other sector of the community especially the government and hospitals. On the part of hospitals, as stressed by the National Research Council (U. S. ), “…it is an emotionally as well as professionally demanding experience” (1993, p.
12). For this reason that the task force is created; that is to help people suffering the same case. Primarily, the motivation of the members is drawn from personal experience, which is like heroic acts trying to save a lot more people from the culprit brought by the epidemic. The concept behind this is further explained in the light of a theory called “Communitarianism. ” According to Gary K. Browning, Abigail Halcli, and Frank Webster, Communitarianism is a “very good example, then, of a phenomenon which reveals the relationship between academic, political and social theory” (p.
179). Formulated out of the given disciplines, communitarianism is an ethic-based theory; though individualistic in nature, yet it expresses a socially-responsible philosophy of individual rights that aim to provide cure for the moral insufficiency of the people. Thus, the task group as a community respects individual rights including the rights to good health and to live like ordinary people do. The Task Group as an Organization The task group that starts with seven members is expected to grow enormously as they attract new recruits.
The task group though a community, it is a unit of an organization, which is the community itself consisting of politics, religion, social groups etc. As a single unit, it caters to the need of a particular population of the society/community. Likewise, its task orientation is limited to the needs of that small unit of the society. The responsibility of the task group is then divided into two programs namely: medical and moral assistance program, and awareness program. The first program is intended to help the HIV/AIDS victims overcome their condition, while the second program is educational aiming to prevent the spread of the disease.
Medical and moral assistance program consists of medical volunteers and counselors who would spend six (6) days in the office managing the activities of the group and at the same perform their respective tasks. These volunteers will also train the new recruits to perform the same tasks, whichever is given them. At this point, it is important to have personal preparedness before giving them assignments. The awareness program is a field work saturating every important place where the members could disseminate information about HIV/AIDS.
This community-based prevention activity includes prevention, health care, and anti-discrimination protection. Information dissemination will be conducted in coordination with different schools in the community and through newsletter, symposia. Fundraising is another concern of the task group to sustain the financial needs of the organization. To make the task group effective, there must be a culture of differences appreciation, cooperation, collaboration and mutual respect (Corey, p. 10).
To realize this, the group has to be well-organized being part of a larger group. Corey noted that task groups are focus on “the application of group dynamics principles” (ibid). Task groups are part of a bigger organization whose responsibilities are to put the tasks into actions. The Task Group as Part of a Bigger Organization This task belongs to a larger organization, which is church-based. The church has its own organizational chart while the task group is an extension of the church’s social work. The organization is illustrated below:
The task group since church sponsored group is institutionalized with the concept of reaching out the HIV/AIDS victims to personal conversion to Christian faith given the Bible teachings about hope and salvation through Jesus Christ. Thus, it does not go away from that principles and values. This is not merely a foundation but rather a mission to accomplish in obedience to God’s teaching in the Bible. The Task Group and its Assets and Needs The group relies heavily on church supports and through fundraising. Key leaders of the group are volunteers who are mostly from the same church who share their expertise for that purpose.
Through other support groups, the church is able to provide medical needs and counseling sessions to the patients on a regular manner. Likewise, the monthly newsletter is produced through fundraising also. The fund is not enough to accomplish the tasks that it might be required to strengthen its fundraising scheme through other means. It may request additional fund or assistance from government agencies or non-government agencies that have the same objective. Or, it may simply establish links to government and non-government organizations to channel cases that are beyond the group’s capabilities.
Conclusion The task force on prevention of HIV/AIDS is a task designed to reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ in the hope that they will find comfort and assurance. However, this task group is not easy to maintain for it needs considerable amount to sustain the operation. While this task force is a noble undertaking, it also requires supports from individual people in order to bring hope to the victims and prevent the further spread of the dreaded disease through medical and moral assistance program and awareness program.
Its success depends largely on how the larger group conceptualizes the tasks founded on objectives and carried out as planned. The means of implementation of the tasks are influenced by the larger organization’s culture and values and at the same time by the availability of the budget.
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