It is the pandemic of the century, but it is not unbeatable.
FH fights HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Haiti. In the last five years, FH staff have reached more than 1.5 million youth and adults with messages of prevention, and they have provided care for more than 5,000 orphans and vulnerable children. They have started treatment centers where there were none.
We’ll focus on each of these five strategic methods to stop the devastation of HIV/AIDS over the next several weeks.
Prevention through behavior change for the uninfected, and medical care and treatment for those with HIV. FH encourages abstinence until marriage and faithfulness to one spouse after marriage.
Compassionate care for those who are infected or affected (such as children or spouses of an infected person). This includes basic nursing care, good nutrition, counseling, prayer, and friendship for infected individuals and their families. Why is this so important?
Access to medical care through drugs commonly known as anti-retrovirals (ARVs). These drugs don’t cure the disease, but they lessen the severity of the virus and often allow people to live longer.
Increased household income through livelihoods programs and training in small-business management.
Nutritional support so those infected or affected can remain healthy and strong.