On March 18, 2012, the Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Oysterbay organised a medical camp in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Over 750 Tanzanians were screened for HIV, malaria, hypertension and other common diseases. They were treated as necessary, given medication and glasses as needed, and some were referred to a regional hospital. Over 100 volunteers contributed to provide these services for free to those who needed it most. Rotary intend to continue this public service.
Braids not AIDS: hairdressers tackle HIV in Zimbabwe
Tackling HIV and AIDS in the developing world is an immense challenge which means going beyond treating the disease to focusing on prevention. There is no one-size-fits-all solution any response must be tailored to the specific needs of each country and of the groups most vulnerable to AIDS. The UKs Department for International Development works with governments and other partners in a huge range of programmes to target the problems that contribute most to the spread of HIV and AIDS across the world.
Through a programme funded by the Department for International Development and run by PSI, hairdressers in Harare, Zimbabwe – are trained to give advice on safe sex and the benefits of using female condoms.
Rwanda: 15 years on – Hope beyond HIV
This film tells the story of Marceline, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, whose life has also been changed by DFID-funded a five-year, £4.25 million programme. The programme is helping genocide survivors infected with HIV/AIDS to lead decent and fulfilling lives.
UNICEF: Campaign to vaccinate 53 million against polio
OGUN, Nigeria, 30 March 2009 In the village of Madoga, trained community health workers from Nigeria and Benin Republic work together to reach all the children in the community. They are part of a mass campaign synchronised between eight West African countries that has aimed to reach more than 50 million children with the polio vaccine over the last four days.
Nigeria is one of just four countries in the world with endemic polio. In 2003, controversy surrounding the vaccine resulted in many parents refusing to immunise their children. This led to a large increase in the number of cases, and the reinfection of seven other African countries.
The Nigerian Government is determined to eradicate polio. With the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization, Rotary International, they are leading the initiative.
To read the full story, visit http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/nigeria_48969.html
Love, sex and survival: Valentine’s Day in Nigeria
In Nigeria, Valentine’s Day is a serious business. In this film, Joke Okunoye tells how a DFID-funded scheme helped raise her awareness of sexual health issues, the risks of HIV/AIDS, and how she’s now spreading the word to others.
UNICEF: Rwandan conference on children with HIV and Aids
KIGALI, Rwanda, 16 December 2008 — The Mashirika Theatre group opened the countrys annual Conference on Children Affected By HIV/AIDS. The performers and children are survivors of the 1994 genocide.
The three-day conference attracted over 300 international and national researchers, development practitioners, experts and Rwanda children with the theme of ‘equity in financing services’ for HIV-affected children.
The 1994 Genocide left many children orphaned and some have lost one or both parents to the HIV pandemic, said Executive Secretary of the Rwandan National Aids Control Commission Dr. Anita Asiimwe. She hailed Rwandans for taking responsibility for orphaned and vulnerable children.