Our aim is to support children living with HIV and AIDS, by increasing access to antiretroviral treatment and care.
HIV/AIDS may no longer be the headline news but its global presence has existed for over three decades. Although, there has been significant progress in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, we cannot deny the fact there is still more work that has to be done. For those who live in more affluent western economies, excellent medical healthcare, comprehensive education and a certain sense of moral responsibility have helped control the spread of this disease which knows no boundaries between sexual orientation, age, race, religion or location. We may choose to ignore the problem of HIV/AIDS in other countries, or we may simply not be aware of the crises in developing countries – that, however, is no excuse for doing nothing.
Take two separate countries, Zambia with an estimated 1.2 million cases of HIV/AIDS and Cameroon with about 600,000. Children have been severely affected by the HIV epidemic in Zambia, where 85,000 children are estimated to be living with HIV, alongside 380,000 children orphaned by AIDS. According to UNICEF, about 59 000 children were living with HIV/AIDS in 2012. It is fair to say these two countries have reached crisis point. People living with HIV and AIDS in these two countries have little or no access to treatment and care. HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence as was thought of in the past, it a condemnation to life as a result of immediate abandonment and stigmatization which overtakes the lives of a group of people who need support and health equity.
SPWHA is a non-profit organization set up to make a difference in the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon and Zambia. While others search desperately for a cure, we are more concerned with helping children who are living with HIV and AIDS, by increasing access to treatment, care, antiretroviral drugs and providing their basic needs. Our aim is to give back a sense of worth and value, a reason to live through access to better healthcare and retroviral drugs, recreating a sense of community that has long disappeared in many areas, and providing better education in locations that are most affected. Nobody with HIV/AIDS deserves to be abandoned; they deserve love, support and the resources that will give them a sense of purpose, direction, and hope.
We work with partner organizations in Cameroon and Zambia to help children living with HIV and AIDS. Through our partnerships, we are able to provide funding that pays for antiretroviral treatment and hospital care for low income children living with HIV and AIDS. This funding also pays for education, nutrition and basic needs. SPWHA also works with her partners to provide technical assistance by offering advice, education and training sessions centered around advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Our development plan focuses on building a sustainable future for children living with HIV and AIDS by ensuring that they have access to medication that may lead to viral suppression.