Jan 25, 2011

Zimbabwe: Acceptance of HIV+ Status through Involvement in Family Caring Trust Organization

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

After finding out that she contracted HIV from her parents Elizabeth Matambandzo began working for an organization called Family Caring Trust (FACT) in Nyanga, Zimbabwe.  HIV positive patients sometimes have medically trained caregivers that come to their home and assist them in managing their disease. These medically trained caregivers identify the households that need additional assistance and FACT workers come to those homes to perform domestic tasks. FACT workers make it possible for medically trained caregivers to focus all their attention on the HIV positive patients’ medical needs. In addition, FACT workers decrease the responsibility of other family members who are the sole providers for HIV positive patients and the children of HIV positive parents who have died. Working with FACT helps workers who are HIV positive come to terms with their own disease. This is important because having HIV does not necessarily translate into a death sentence if the disease is carefully monitored and treated. LfM is dedicated to the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and thus eliminating this route of new infections through education, community mobilization, frequent testing and counseling and treatment when necessary. To read the article--click here:http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?Reportid=91717

Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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