Encouraging HIV-positive patients to continue medicationHIV/AIDS is generally understood to be a fatal disease. However, nowadays, by taking medication on a daily basis, patients can curb the onset and the development of AIDS, even if they are infected with HIV. Since 2000, AAR Japan has been implementing projects to raise awareness for HIV prevention, and has been carrying out a project supporting the education of children orphaned by AIDS in Zambia. In Zambia (located in Southern Africa), one out of every eight adults is said to be HIV-positive. Since January 2013, AAR has also been improving treatment facilities for HIV-positive patients in local clinics, and has been training local volunteers to support people living with HIV.
|Mount Makulu Clinic staff and Tomomi AWAMURA, a staff member of the AAR Zambia Office, stand in front of a newly constructed treatment center for HIV-positive patients in the clinic. (July 1st, 2014)|
Building specialized medical facilities in clinics
|A local staff member and Yuki SAKURAI (left), of theAAR Zambia Office, prepare to make a database of HIV-positive patients registered at Mount Makulu Clinic. (May 30th, 2014)|
“I don’t want to lose any more loved ones to AIDS”
|Albert MBUNJI is a volunteer who supports HIV-positive patients.|