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by Oscar Visagie
 

How do you respond when hearing frightening statistics like these?

Reported statistics of the AIDS/HIV pandemic in South Africa
  • More than 5.7 million people are living with HIV in South Africa
  • Almost 1 in 5 adults are infected
  • Approximately 1,000 AIDS deaths occur every day
  • 71% of deaths of people between the ages of 15 and 49 are caused by AIDS.
  • In 2005 the HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women was 30.2% and rising annually
  • Around 280,000 children under the age of 15 are living with HIV.

An address on the trauma and the desperate needs experienced by the victims of HIV/ AIDS in South Africa by the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in Melbourne in 2003, inspired a small group of South African expats in Melbourne to be proactive in assisting those living with HIV/AIDS.

The result was the establishment of Australia AIDS South Africa Inc, an Australian-registered Not-For-Profit Association. The sole aim of the association is to help alleviate the pain and suffering of those in South Africa affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Objectives are:  

  • To secure funding to improve the quality of life of people in South Africa living with AIDS by partnering with the local community organisations
  • To raise awareness of the effects and extent of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa and to elicit support for Australia AIDS South Africa's projects. 
  • To strategically direct assistance towards community developmental and educational programs that will combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Australia AIDS South Africa Inc partners with organisations in South Africa who have similar aims. Their financial support has assisted with:
  • setting up income generation programs in impoverished areas that have high incidences of HIV/AIDS
  • maintaining foster homes and orphanages for children infected by HIV.
  • furthering educational AIDS-prevention programs in schools and communities
  • establishing respite rooms for those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
Australia AIDS South Africa Inc is quite a remarkable organisation.
  • The organisation maintains strong management and accountability with very low overheads.
  • The Management Committee of eleven members are all dedicated, unpaid volunteers whose sole motivation is driven by a passion to assist those unfortunate to be living with HIV/AIDS. During this year alone, five of these members have travelled from Melbourne to South Africa to monitor our programs with no cost at all to the organisation.
  • Most of the money is raised from social events such as dances, bus trips, walks etc. No money at this stage is received from corporate sponsorship.
  • Through its fundraising efforts, Australia AIDS South Africa Inc has donated more than R900,000 (ZAR) to partners in South Africa.
  • Its membership has increased to more than 160 members, mostly South African ex-pats who actively support fundraising efforts.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Visit our website to find out more about our organization http://www.aasainc.org.au
  • Become a member
  • Support our fund raising
  • Donate financially
 
 
 
Posted in community | Australia AIDS South Africa Inc
Posted by Oscar Visagie
06 Oct 2011



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