Bringing HIV Treatment the Last Mile
For children and families living in extreme poverty, AIDS is especially devastating, and several factors, including the lack of prevention education, poor health facilities, the high cost of treatment, unstable governments and inadequate infrastructure, multiply the devastation. But the single most important factor to overcome is the difficulty of getting lifesaving antiretroviral drugs into the hands of the people who need them.
Antiretroviral drugs that travel 10,000 miles around the globe to the developing world often don’t make it the last mile, to travel beyond the clinic and into the slum, to travel down the dusty roads in the rural areas, and up the hills and down into the valleys to the out-of-the-way places.
With our AIDS Initiative, we bring HIV treatment and the global fight against HIV/AIDS beyond the clinic and into the homes of the children and families we serve.
Our health workers know our families personally, and visit those who are HIV-positive often, finding out what they need and how they are doing.
Our workers deliver care and support through the church, with the hope of Jesus Christ, to each family.
When a child needs to go to the hospital for care or testing for blood counts, we are there.
When a child needs additional nutritional support to stay strong, our workers are there.
When a distraught parent needs someone to talk to about a diagnosis of HIV, our workers are there. And your donation makes it all possible.
Without the support to get to the health center or hospital, all of the technology in the world is useless. The machines used to count white blood cells, the machines to look for suspicious masses and infections, the medicine to treat opportunistic infections, and the medicine to help keep those with AIDS alive are all useless without our church partner health workers getting the medication that last mile and serving as advocates, educators, comforters and confidants to our families.
How We Help Fight HIV/AIDS
Donations to our AIDS Initiative provide support to HIV-positive children, children living with AIDS, and children living with parents or siblings who are HIV-positive or have AIDS.
Your donation helps provide:
- Treatment with antiretroviral therapy
- Education to prevent the spread of HIV
- Transportation to clinics for treatments
- Nutritional support for children who are infected with HIV
- Education and medication for the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV
- Voluntary counseling and HIV testing
Voluntary testing, transportation to clinics, medication and antiretroviral therapy
Education on the prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission and voluntary counseling
Healthy foods supplied to children infected with HIV