Aids & Child Foundation is helping children infected and affected by HIV/Aids in need of support and empowerment with it’s projects when no other support is available or within reach for them. Our work focusses on South Africa, Kenya and India.
Aids & Child is fully financed by private and institutional donations. The trust and support of our donors is vital for our projects, thus transparency as well as efficacy regarding the use of our financial means are crucial to Aids & Child. Our complete financial report is part of the annual report which is published in German and French.
We are certified by ZEWO, the Swiss NGO-watchdog organization. The certificate guarantees a mindful and effective management of donations by way of it’s regular, independent audits.
What We Do in India, Kenya and South Africa
Incredibly huge disparities are bitter reality in India, Kenya and South Africa. The poverty and HIV/Aids affected children do not stand much of chance. HIV/Aids is a generalized pandemic in Kenya and South Africa – affecting up to one quarter of the population depending on the local context. In India, HIV and Aids is prevalent about so called bridging populations – the poorest of the poor: migrant workers, dalits, trafficked women, forced prostitutes. Alltogether, 10.8 Million HIV-postive people live in our three traget countries – almost 30% of the global burden of disease.
Thanks to the Global Fund against HIV/Aids medical programs a fair part of the HIV-infected population are under treatment now. While South Africa is rolling out a treatment for all programme that so far has reached 56 % of the HIV+, the rather dysfunctional medical system of Kenya claims to regularly reach 65%. A number that – albeit official – should be doubted. In India, where only one line of treatment is available for free (as opposed to the subsaharan countries, where 2-3 lines of treatment are indeed available for free), people are very reluctant to take the third confirmatory, official test which would entitle them to treatment once their CD-4 cell level has deteriorated. Contrary to what official communication may say, the latest WHO-reccomendations are not being implemented in India. According to official statistics 50% of the HIV-positive adults and 33% of HIV+ children are currently on treatment. Generally treatment is started late in India.
The situation is especially dire in poor and rural areas or slums/informal settlements: there, HIV/Aids is complicated by ignorance and traditional beliefs that interpret HIV/Aids as a curse. Thus, infected as well as affected people are often marginalized or even outcast by their community. Sadly, there are no reliable statistics regarding Aids-orphans, child-headed households or children living with positive parents or caretakers on local or regional level.
Aids & Child initiates, plans and implements carefully selected projects in remote areas or slums hit disproportionately high by HIV/Aids and poverty. We work with a network of accredited local partners and jointly develop our projects/programmes. Aids & Child’s support is holistic and sustainable and focussing on enabeling the communities to take care of their vulnerable children and aids-orphans.