An estimated 5.6 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa in 2009, more than in any other country. The rising mortality rate has serious consequences for the children. Although the Department of Health has broadened government support to regional clinics and hospitals, these facilities are still hard to reach for most people living in rural areas.
ASAP facilitates access to health care, clinics, and hospitals and supports government efforts to make free health care available to all orphans and vulnerable children. The most cost-effective supplementary health care system in rural areas is to train women to provide home-based health care for terminally ill clients and make referrals to clinics and hospitals. We also provide ARV treatment literacy to rural area as well as education on HIV prevention.
Community Health Care
ASAP funds comprehensive training for women who act as visiting home-based health carers. These women often walk long distances, offering palliative care to people with AIDS, oversee medication, bathe and dress wounds. They clean and maintain the home, bring food and counsel the families and children.
ASAP provides first-aid supplies to all Drop-in and Daycare Centers, as well as supplying kits to outreach teams of Community Health Carers.
People living with AIDS suffer from discrimination and stigma, isolating them. These support groups give emotional encouragement and address prevention, positive living, care and treatment, while disseminating HIV/AIDS information to schools and communities.
We provide transportation for orphans and vulnerable children and their guardians to and from hospitals and clinics to access anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs, as well as necessary health care services.
(Statistics are taken from UNAIDS (2010) ‘UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic’)