We’re proud to as soon as once more have teamed up with (RED) to battle AIDS. In 2019, for each buy of a Wanderlust ticket, £1.08 of the retail worth goes to The International Fund to battle AIDS with (RED). That donation is sufficient to present over 5 days of life-saving HIV treatment. Collectively we will #endAIDS.

While you purchase a ticket to a Wanderlust occasion, you might be straight supporting the battle to finish AIDS. The tales that observe showcase a number of of the unimaginable folks and packages which might be impacted because of (RED)-supported International Fund grants. All tales are courtesy of (RED), and used with permission. 

Nurses and Well being Staff
Nurse Nana, Ghana

“My favourite half is to assist folks out of their illness, out of their ache”, says Nana, Senior Nursing Officer at Adabraka clinic, and a hero on the bottom in Ghana. Nana works to council HIV+ ladies on methods to keep wholesome by means of being pregnant and maintain their infants HIV-free by means of supply and breastfeeding.

Nurses and group well being employees are the spine of the battle in opposition to AIDS, main the cost to forestall and fight the stigma and buildings that make preventing this illness such a problem.

Nana has been a nurse for ten years, working to maintain her group wholesome and forestall the unfold of HIV. Her energy, ardour and conviction are evident in her work. “I see folks outdoors they name me ‘Auntie Nurse’, I look again they usually maintain up their toddler and say; ‘that is my son’, their infants are unfavourable. That’s all, that’s my pleasure.” Although there may be larger public acceptance of individuals dwelling with HIV in Ghana than there was beforehand, there stays excessive ranges of stigma and discrimination in opposition to them. “It’s doable to finish mom to little one transmission, however there needs to be extra schooling and HIV shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy, and concern and all that”, says Nana, “It begins with us to talk.”

Ladies and Women
Rise Golf equipment, South Africa

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Regardless of positive factors in therapy protection, important challenges in South Africa stay within the battle in opposition to AIDS. South Africa is dwelling to 7.7M folks dwelling with HIV, the best quantity worldwide. Greater than 60% of this inhabitants are feminine, as ladies and women are disproportionately impacted by HIV and account for practically 400 new infections each day.
Rise Younger Ladies’s Golf equipment are a part of the flagship program of Soul Metropolis, a recipient of (RED) supported International Fund grants. The Golf equipment had been launched as a response to excessive charges of HIV amongst adolescent women and younger ladies dwelling in casual settlements in South Africa.

The peer-led golf equipment goal to construct resilience amongst younger ladies and hyperlink them to important well being providers akin to HIV testing and counseling, antiretroviral remedy, contraception and different sexual reproductive well being providers. Members are additionally geared up with abilities to cope with socio-economic components that improve younger ladies’s vulnerability to HIV—akin to intergenerational and transactional intercourse. The golf equipment additionally hyperlink younger ladies to academic and financial alternatives and supply a construction for younger ladies to help one another in navigating the socio- cultural drivers of dangerous sexual habits of their communities.

Peer Educators
Leonard and Peleg, Zambia

(RED) educator ambassadors

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Meet Leonard and Peleg, two younger males from Zambia, who will not be letting HIV stand in the way in which of their desires. “On daily basis I’ve so as to add worth to my life, that’s one in every of my objectives” says Leonard, a regulation pupil and HIV peer educator. Peleg, a medical pupil, fellow peer educator and Leonard’s finest pal has related aspirations. Peleg says he needs to “make a serious influence within the medical group,” and maybe arrange a hospital of his personal.

Leonard and Peleg serve essential roles as peer educators. They’re working to make sure HIV+ teenagers keep wholesome and defend themselves, in order that the virus ends with them. As treatment helps HIV turn out to be a manageable illness, HIV educators face a brand new problem: getting folks to stick to their treatment. “There’s that temptation that one has, of desirous to stop taking the treatment, in order that’s the factor I at all times emphasis, don’t cease taking treatment. As a result of the second you do this, the immunity drops,” warns Leonard.

Leonard and Peleg see themselves within the younger folks they advise. They’re a supply of information and help for teenagers dwelling with HIV. “We’re in a greater place to advise them,” says Peleg. “We’re serving to the children to stay correct, regular lives no matter their HIV standing.” Leonard and Peleg have large plans for his or her future, and for a wholesome, AIDS-free Zambia.

Males and Boys
Ndumiso Madubela, South Africa

man sitting in front of colorful houses South Africa

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Whereas it’s precedence to deal with the inequalities that put ladies and women at elevated threat of HIV, we should additionally work with males and boys to finish this epidemic. Males in sub-Saharan Africa are 20% much less doubtless than ladies and women to know their HIV standing, and they’re 27 % much less prone to entry therapy. Enabling males and boys to get examined and begin and keep on therapy can in the end result in a decline in HIV infections amongst ladies and women, and assist to disable dangerous gender norms that contribute to the epidemic.

With help from The International Fund and the Desmond Tutu HIV Basis, Ndumiso Madubela oversees the Males’s Dialogues, a program targeted on offering males in high-disease burden areas in Cape City with entry to stronger well being schooling and intervention packages. The goal is to assist younger males perceive the implications dangerous sexual habits and to take management of their actions. Certainly one of Ndumiso’s greatest challenges is that many males who’re at a high-risk of contracting HIV don’t understand themselves to be. By offering in danger males with information about HIV/ AIDS, giving them a protected house to debate social and gender norms, and offering entry to testing, Ndumiso helps to create change to empower a era of respect and equality.

Deborah Agbemafo, Ghana
Prevention of Mom-to-Youngster Transmission

family with 2 kids in ghana

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Stopping mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is a vital piece to ending AIDS as an epidemic by 2030. PMCT efforts should scale up to make sure that expectant and breastfeeding moms have entry to HIV and that these dwelling with HIV adhere to therapy. Of the 1.three million ladies dwelling with HIV who want PMTCT therapy, 90% of those ladies are in sub-Saharan Africa.

Deborah is a affected person at TEMA Normal Hospital in Ghana, which receives help from (RED)- funded International Fund grants. When Deborah was pregnant along with her first little one in 2009, she went to TEMA for her routine maternity examination, which included an HIV take a look at. When Deborah came upon she was HIV+, the workers at TEMA not solely recommended her by means of her analysis, but in addition offered care and therapy to make sure her child was born HIV-free.

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