For nearly a decade, HOPE for AIDS volunteers have been working through local churches and communities to care for the needs of people impacted by HIV. We visit, bring monthly provisions through nutritional and medical support, teach positive living, bathe and bandage wounds, massage feet, provide a listening ear and, almost always, a hug for someone who goes far too long without one.

Malawi Home-Based Care MW96253
The AIDS epidemic continues to maintain its grip on Malawi where 1 in 10 of the adult population are HIV positive. HIV related illnesses combined with overstretched hospital systems continue to result in a need for long term palliative care in the home. The Malawi HBC is working to meet the need by training church volunteers to be able to provide such care through weekly visits to patients & their carers to give practical, emotional & spiritual support as well as nutritional supplements. The project is working in 6 rural locations, with more than 110 volunteers caring for 300 patients & their families. The program has also provided basic pastoral care training to 2 additional churches who are mobilising their own resources to start projects in their communities and it is planned to replicate this more locally self-sustainable approach in other churches over the coming years.
The program also promotes and seed funds the introduction of small income generating projects and local savings & loan schemes to help alleviate poverty of beneficiaries who have no alternative income, and also to work towards greater program self-sustainability.

The Alafia Project 98382
The Alafia project aims to provide holistic care to people living with HIV as well as their families in order to improve their living conditions, reduce stigmatization within their community and demonstrate the love of God. We offer medical treatment effectively and in compliance with government standards while encouraging support groups in order to reduce infection and mortality rates from HIV and AIDS. Our volunteers assist with support groups, home visits and follow-up for ART patients. By continuing progressive education Bembéréké-Sinendé Health Zone, we aim to reduce and ultimately eradicate the HIV infection in our area.

The Addis Ababa Care and Treatment program ensures that those people living with AIDS have access to ARVs and proper support in managing a life on medication so that they can live healthy productive lives. Working closely with the health bureau and Presbyterian Church of America, local staff and volunteers build relationships with beneficiaries allowing the project team to plan a response to the specific needs of each person. Support may include house rent and renovations, nutritional support, school fees and uniforms, medical care, emotional and spiritual support.
SHALOM, a service operated through our partner, Emmanuel Hospital Association, was established in 2001 with a vision of outreach to people living with HIV and AIDS. From the beginning, the project has sought to develop and demonstrate hands-on medical and social care; from community-level Home Based Care (HBC) to the establishment and running of a modest in-patient care center. Today, Shalom Delhi is a model program for HOPE for AIDS home-based care work. Volunteers work through Delhi churches to care for their neighbors in a holistic way. In addition to group teaching, team members look to care for and restore strength physically, emotionally, medically and spiritually.
Zimbabwe is one of the countries in Southern Africa that has been worst affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. The first case of HIV infection was established in 1985 and ten years later (1995) the national prevalence rate was 25% (in some localities it was 33%). Although this rate reduced to 18% by 2007 (thanks to successful interventions), the impact of HIV infection remains very high. Many adults continue to leave children orphaned. The school drop out rate for orphaned children is very high. A lot of people that need ARVs cannot access them because they are unaffordable and government institutions are limiting admission of new cases. The harsh economic conditions have resulted in a serious brain drain that has left most hospitals without a doctor. As a result a lot of sick people are at homes, under the care of untrained relatives and children. A program like ours is necessary to alleviate pain and suffering among people and restore hope because of Christ.

Any given night at 3 am, Brenda (Zimbabwe Home-Based Care Team Leader) receives a call from someone in need in the Mutare area. She may need to bandage a wound, set-up an IV or simply help someone bathe. She and her trained volunteers in 4 districts throughout Zimbabwe are known for their knowledge of healthy living and their confidence in supporting local people living with AIDS. The Mutare based Home-Based Care program establishes teams in churches throughout the region to care for and teach communities how to care for one another. They encourage their neighbors to be tested for HIV, help them find accessible treatment and share good practices with those on ARV treatment. Each team member assists families with food supplements, school fees, herbal remedies for common side effects and training for proper hygiene for caring for someone with AIDS.

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