Nearly every family in Zambia, a country where 86% of the population lives on less than one Euro a day, is affected by HIV/AIDS. 11% of the adults at the age of 15 to 49 are infected wit the virus. But AIDS is not the only reason for a poor expectation of life for the Zambian population. Meanwhile Tuberculosis is the second largest disease with AIDS patients. And their most common cause of death. If a body, weakened by HIV, gets infected with tuberculosis, the risk is high to die within a few months.
Because most people are not able to reach consultation hours and checkups at the hospitals far from their villages regularly, CARE supports among others the creation of a voluntary community nurses network. After the diagnosis of HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis, the parties must learn to live with their disease. Volunteers visit families affected by HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis personally to relieve the AIDS victim and their relatives by cocking for and looking after the children, doing laundry or simply listening. Also they do educational work in their village and surrounding villages, they make sure that necessary drugs are available and are taken correctly and regularly so that the healing process is not interrupted. If necessary, they even bring needy patients to hospital on their bicycles. To support the communities in this way, the volunteers have to travel ten kilometres a day. Even in sweltering heat and heavy rainfall, they wander from hut to hut through the bush. With your donation we can equip ten volunteers for their home visits.
CARE is recipient of the PriceWaterhouse Coopers Transparency Award 2008: http://www.care.de/care-finanzen.html.