An update from ICROSS.ie:
Today over 32 million people are living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.
Over 95% live in the poor World, the vast majority in Africa with very poor resources , help or care. ICROSS is fighting AIDS in Africa for over 20 years and with your help we are making real difference.
ICROSS’s home-based care for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis supports and empowers people in Kenya’s urban, slum and rural areas.
We build communities of care by working through local cultures and languages, helping people help themselves. We also provide small funds and micro-financing to stimulate income generation within communities.
Education, Training, and Support
A very important part of our work comes in the area of prevention and awareness. We have developed programs in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis that speak to this great need.
• Training for over 100 private employers and company heads to reduce the stigma that surrounds tuberculosis in workplaces, and to counteract the stigma suffered by many people.
• Working with vulnerable groups to prevent TB and create awareness.
• Providing pre-packed kits with daily basic needs to families living in extreme poverty.
• Working with school children to reduce fear of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
• Providing nutritional supplements that help patients to build strength and recover from repeated illnesses.
• Extending and encouraging voluntary counselling and testing for HIV so more people can be protected and helped.
• Distributing condoms.
• Organising support group meetings for people living with HIV/AIDS.
• Providing basic drugs for treating opportunistic infections which kill AIDS patients.
• Home visits to provide counselling, skills, and support.
AIDS Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children
We have specific programs for children, which benefit thousands and provide support and hope for the future.
• Identifying possible guardians for children when parents die.
• Providing networking and referral to other important services that we do not provide.
• Providing nutritional supplements.
• Ensuring daily basic needs are met.
• Supporting income generating activities to take care of daily needs through guardians.
• Providing medication and simple amenities.
• Home visits to provide moral support and offer guidance.
Sexual Reproductive Health
As part of our on-going emphasis on support through local customs and language, we are involved in many programs which aim to increase awareness of and provide access to sexual health.
• Building awareness among youths in school of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent sexuality.
• Facilitating peer-education activities for youths who are not in school.
• Encouraging correct and consistent use of condoms among sexually active youth, commercial sex workers, and men having sex with men.
• Providing information, education and communication materials, video show sessions, and focus group discussions.
• Helping to improve the quality of life for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through treatment, care and support, and helping to protect human rights.
• Working in collaboration with other organizations and the Ministry of Health to offer the following services:
• Prevention of new infections; counselling and testing; condom promotion; prevention of mother to child transmission; behaviour change communication; blood safety; post-exposure prophylaxis; injection safety.
• Assisting in referrals to other services such as paralegal advice, treatment, and prevention of mother to child transmission, voluntary counseling and testing services.
• Easing the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS through advocacy, alleviating burdens, supporting livelihoods and social security, targeted mitigation, community empowerment, and human resource planning.
• Other support services include monitoring and evaluation; research; financing and procurement
If you would like to help our AIDS projects please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dan Ngwiri , Head HIV AIDS Programmes