2018 World AIDS day on 1st December

2018 World AIDS day on 1st December

World AIDS Day, on the 1st of December, is a day to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and its treatment and prevention. This year’s theme is “Know your status” and encourages everyone to know their HIV status.

If you are in Scotland, many events happen across the country, such as this one, organised by Waverly Care.

Many of the Alliance’s members work to fight HIV/AIDS. Read about what some of them do below.

HIV and Sexual Health in Zambia

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Text and image are taken from the Logie Legacy website.

NHS Borders, Scotland, is linked to St Francis’ Hospital in the Eastern Province of Zambia, near the town of Katete. Alliance member The Logie Legacy is a Scottish Charity set up to support the formal twinning link between St Francis Hospital and NHS Borders. 

Borders Sexual Health has provided support and training in HIV care for the Sandy Logie clinic at St Francis hospital since 2006. Training on the management of sexually transmitted infections (STI) was also given during these visits and in 2009 this developed into a project to improve testing and treatment of STIs across the whole of the local district.

Helping Kenya’s children affected by HIV and AIDS

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Text and image are taken from Christian Aid’s website.

Across Kenya, orphans and children affected by HIV and AIDS are missing out on quality health, education and social services. The traditional support systems of extended families have buckled under the strain of the epidemic and the basic needs of children are not being met. Of the 160,000 children under 15 years living with HIV, less than half get the lifesaving antiretroviral drugs they need to survive.

How does HIV and AIDS affect children in Kenya?

  • They often miss out on critical immunisations
  • They’re less likely to enrol at school
  • They suffer malnutrition and stunted growth
  • Girls are more likely to fall pregnant as teenagers and suffer gender-based violence
  • They can be exploited, neglected, displaced, left destitute or left for dead

Christian Aid’s project reaches 170,000 children across Kenya, using new approaches to build skills and capacities to strengthen local services.

The project also promotes innovations like the Jua Mtoto Wako (Swahili for ‘Know your Child’) system which will use mobile phone technology to identify, track and match the health and social services needed by every individual child.

Supporting children with HIV and disabilities

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Text and image are taken from CBM’s website.

Girls and boys living with both HIV and disability are some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

186,745 children under 14 in Zimbabwe live with HIV. While survival rates among children with HIV are improving dramatically, many develop disabilities as a result of the virus.

CBM provides community-based treatment, support and mental health rehabilitation for 1,000 children living with disabilities and HIV, and their families. A particular focus is on education as many children with HIV struggle in school and studies show high levels of cognitive impairment amongst this group. The project develops better support to allow children to access school and benefit from more inclusive teaching practices.

Providing health & education to families in Mozambique

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Text and image are taken from Save the Children’s website.

Poverty is a defining factor of many Mozambican children’s lives. Fewer than half of Mozambique’s children now in first grade will finish grade five. Their cognitive development, their ability to solve problems, and their social and emotional skills are all crippled by poverty. To help children in a way that is lasting requires a concerted, integrated approach. That’s why Save the Children put early childhood development at the heart of their work in Mozambique – to make sure children get the right start.

Save the Children are also helping young people who are HIV positive. Hundreds of community activists provide the vital care and support they need, from helping them get anti-retroviral drugs to providing food and care. And Save the Children's model of newborn care and community participation has contributed to the Ministry of Health’s strategy for newborns, which the organisation are helping to roll out across the country.