HIV/Aids
 
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To mitigate the socio-economic effects of HIV/Aids in the community, the ACFS launched the Love thy Neighbour Ubuntu Campaign several years ago

The objective of the campaign has been to break the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids by re-awakening the extended family Ubuntu culture.

The following programmes are integral to the endeavour: training in home-based nursing care; home care; counselling sessions; weekly support groups for those affected or infected by HIV and AIDS; schools talks and workshops for voluntary testing and counselling; support and advice for those using anti-retroviral drugs; peer counselling and training in high schools.

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Workshops in High Schools
Grade 9 learners attend workshops on life skills, communication & listening skills, empathy, alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, self esteem, sexuality and HIV/AIDS. Learners who receive this training are monitored up to Grade 12 and have the responsibility of counselling their peers who find themselves in difficult situations.

Support Groups
HIV/AIDS sufferers meet fortnightly for support. Emotional support, in particular, is vital. They share ideas and receive information on treatment options, medication and medical terms such as CD4 count.

Training
Community members receive basic information on HIV/AIDS and counselling skills. They are encouraged to share the information with others.

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The concept of ubuntu defines the individual in his or her relationships with others – and stresses the need to treat others as we would have them treat us, with dignity, respect and consideration.

Ubuntu speaks about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.

People infected with HIV/AIDS are still people. And ubuntu demands that we respond to their suffering with love and care.

The ACFS Love thy Neighbour Ubuntu Campaign aims to encourage communities to embrace those among them who are sick and in need.

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