On Saturday, 18 August 2012, the Namibia Red Cross Society, with the support of the Netherlands Red Cross, will launch a campaign in Grootfontein to promote access for children to the HIV fighting treatment, antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Through this campaign we aim to help communities understand:
You are invited to attend this event and learn more about how to help vulnerable and HIV positive children in your communities.
Where: Umulunga Sport Stadium, Otjozondjupa Region, Grootfontein
When: Saturday, 18 August 2012, guests should arrive by 8:50am
ART consists of a combination of medications that can help HIV positive children by:
The treatment is available throughout Namibia so the Namibia Red Cross Society wants to make sure the people who really need ART know about its benefits and how to access it.
We also educate children on how to take their medication correctly, as ART can require prescription of several bottles and children have to take large volumes of the medication, which can lead to confusion.
With the support of our dedicated volunteers we aim to build the capacity and resilience of children and their guardians to cope with the challenges they face in their lives.
We provide holistic care and support to orphans and vulnerable children throughout Namibia, and our services include:
Our dedicated volunteers deliver health education workshops on HIV and AIDS, TB, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence issues, and other related health issues in community settings and people’s homes.
Our volunteers provide basic homecare, food and advice on nutrition and help establish food gardens to generate income. We aim to empower families and primary caregivers to manage the work themselves.
Through support groups, people living with HIV and caregivers receive psychosocial support from other community members.
Namibia Red Cross, with support from Netherland Red Cross, supports children by providing school uniforms and stationery, lobbying for the exemption of school fees, paying for exam fees, providing after school care and rehabilitating and constructing shelters.
Volunteers give advice on increasing access to ART, helping people living with HIV to adhere to treatment and working with them to prevent further infection. We also promote HIV testing and mother-to-child transmission prevention programmes.
We are significantly increasing advocacy and championing the rights of people living with HIV, orphans and other vulnerable children, by helping them to access the support they need.
Our peer educators promote life skills and positive living to other young people in their communities and schools, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and AIDS, and TB.