TORONTO, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Primate's World Relief and
Development Fund (PWRDF) is undertaking, with the financial support of
the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), a health care project in South Africa.
PWRDF will contribute half a million dollars over five years towards
the $2 million project that will focus on preventing HIV/AIDS and
tuberculosis among pregnant women in the Ngqushwa district of the
Eastern Cape, South Africa.
"This project will train village health workers to run education
programs in their communities about prevention of and care for people
infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and TB," said Adele Finney,
Executive Director of PWRDF. "The HIV infection rate in Ngqushwa
district is 17.5% in the general population, and a staggering 33-45%
amongst pregnant women. Those who are HIV positive in the region are
at a greater risk of contracting TB. The project will therefore
encourage HIV and TB testing, especially among child-bearing women and
their partners. A family-centred approach will improve the survival
rate of infants and children, as well as their mothers."
The program will reach about 30,000 people in the region, increasing
access by 43% to anti-retroviral drugs among children under 16, through
the South African government's HIV and AIDS Directorate. It will
mobilize communities to promote HIV and TB prevention, care, and
testing, and provide counseling to pregnant women and specialized
training to government health providers.
Over the five years of the program, HIV and TB infection rates will
decrease as awareness of and support for testing, prevention, and
treatment increase, especially among children in the region. The
village health workers recruited and trained by this program will
promote HIV and AIDS education, testing, early access to health care
and treatment for patients before they become chronically ill.
PWRDF has a 40 year working relationship with CIDA, and looks forward to
its continuing work with the Keiskamma Trust, the implementing partner
Image with caption: "An HIV+ mother and child visit Keiskamma Trust for treatment and counseling. (CNW Group/The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120628_C4932_PHOTO_EN_15819.jpg
SOURCE The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
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