Weʼre raising £5,000 to help West Africa AIDS Foundation buy essential medical equipment.
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This year, the West Africa AIDS Foundation, and its partner clinic, the International Healthcare Center, will be 20 years old. We've come a long way since our founder, Eddie Donton, established a small hospice in Accra way back in 1998 for people who were terminally ill with AIDS. At that time, there was no HIV medication in Ghana at all - can you imagine? The best we could do was to ensure those in their last days were able to pass away with dignity and comfort.
Then, a miracle happened, and HIV drugs became available. We were one of the first treatment sites in the country, and thanks to the incredible work of our dedicated clinic staff, we were able to bring a number of clients back from the brink. Today, some of those people are making us proud spearheading HIV education and advocacy work in major organisations at home and abroad.
Fast forward to 2018 and we’ve grown considerably. We now have offices in 4 regions across the country, where we deliver HIV education programmes and outreach testing. We have received funding from a number of major international donors including USAID and The Global Fund to help us run projects which work to increase access to HIV care, and to reduce the huge burden of stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV (PLHIV) sadly face every day in Ghana. Our Accra site, where our clinic is, continues to be our busiest office. We provide care right across the HIV care cascade, from testing, to counselling, initiation onto treatment and retention in care, and we are broadening the scope of our work to include cervical screening and ultrasound services. We are also one of the very few LGBT friendly sites in the entire country. We provide an extremely high quality of care to all clients who walk through our doors, and we turn no one away.
But there’s still so much to do. In order to enhance the care we can give to our clients, we must continue to grow.
All funds raised will help us purchase:
1) A viral load testing machine. Testing a client’s viral suppression rate is the only way to be certain that their medication is truly working, and we are currently relying on a testing machine in a public hospital which is broken and overloaded. A test that should take a couple of weeks often takes 6 months or even longer, with some results coming back ‘failed’ so the client must retake the test. Clients are losing faith in their medication and are not motivated to take it, which leaves them at great risk of defaulting and getting very sick again.
2) Solar panels. We are in need of solar panels with batteries to enhance power supply to the clinic, as the mains power often fluctuates.
3) Cryotherapy equipment. This equipment is used to treat benign and malignant tissue damage and lesions, and will allow us to take a more preventative approach to stopping the spread of multiple STIs and will strongly aid in the fight against disease in Ghana.
4) Incinerator. To both enhance the quality of medical care on campus and reduce costs of transporting waste off campus, we are in need of an incinerator to be installed in the back of the clinic in order to enhance our methods of medical waste management.
You can find out more about us at www.waafweb.org and facebook.com/WAAFGhana.
We are extremely grateful for any support you can give to us, or if you're not in a position to give at this time, please share our cause on social media. If you're not in the UK and would like to know what your donation will be worth in your local currency, you can find out at: www.convertmymoney.com
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Aug 17, 2018
Holly I saw this on my dear friend Travis’ wall and had to help. Keep up the great work.
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Aug 16, 2018
Lots of love for WAAF and it's mission.
Aug 15, 2018
Thank you very much for the wonderful work you do!
Aug 14, 2018
My internship with WAAF in 2016 was wonderful and a great learning experience for me. Thank you for providing me with the experience. I look forward to seeing the great work that WAAF continues to do.
Aug 14, 2018
It was so good to hear from you! Best internship experience I have ever had. Best of luck reaching your goal!
Aug 14, 2018
Keep up the amazing work with WAAF!
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