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HIV AND AIDS PROGRAMME

AIDS is responsible for over 3 million deaths in Africa. Despite major investments in AIDS prevention, the rate of HIV infection in many African countries is still rising. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has exacerbated poverty and malnutrition. Families hit by AIDS see their food production cut in half. UNAIDS and WHO estimate that 7 out of 10 people newly infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa. Of all AIDS-related deaths since the epidemic started, 83% have come from Africa.

The impact of AIDS is deepening and getting worse as the economy continues to struggle; the need for action now to prevent its further spread is urgent. HIV/AIDS projects in Ghana aim at the effective control and management of HIV/AIDS, and provide support for those affected by the disease

As a volunteer you can help care for people with HIV/AIDS. Casualties from HIV/AIDS related deaths are reversing the quality of life in many communities. HIV/AIDS is continuing to spread and is increasing poverty. The level of intervention is at its lowest and prejudice is at its highest. Volunteers work at special clinics for AIDS patients providing care and support and directly with local community based organization providing support, counseling and programmes for people living with HIV/AIDS. There is a lot to learn and experience working on these projects.

VOLUNTEERS / INTERNS RESPONSIBILITIES

You offer care and support for HIV/AIDS infected children and people. Engage in educational and training activities meant to increase awareness and stop the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Assist in vocational training for the HIV infected persons who have either lost their jobs or are unemployed. Home and school visitation for the children who are rendered orphans or vulnerable due the the direct and indirect effect of the HIV/AIDS on them. Other activities set out by the community based organization shall be among your responsibilities. Organizations who work on the HIV/AIDS problem have established different community outreach programs such as hospital care, recreational and educational programs, voluntary counseling and testing, and educational seminars and conferences on the virus within the local community. Volunteers help is very much needed in all of these activities.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
To offer education, sensitization, care and support for affected people.

To offer a peer education, educational campaign and awareness for the youth on the preventive measures and dangers of the disease.

To expand the volunteer's knowledge on the dangers and socio-economic problems associated with HIV/AIDS so there can be an increasing global action and awareness.

To promote greater community, residents participatory role and the sense of responsibility for development projects to boost maintenance and sustainability of such projects.

To promote friendliness between the volunteers' community and that of the beneficiary communities.

To offer volunteers deeper understanding and experience of other cultures and economies.

WHO CAN INTERN OR VOLUNTEER?
Anybody can volunteer in this program as long as you are 18 year or more. It is regardless of your profession, skill or experience. You can volunteer as a team or an individual. Your service is highly needed. However you should understand that you will not do anything that may stigmatize any of the people you meet in the course of your work. You need to have an open mind and a willing heart.

How can a volunteer instantly identify his/her contributions after participation?
Life will be better for beneficiaries, especially the AIDS sufferers as you attend to them with love and care even not offered by family and friends, by this you will see yourself become a friend to someone few people understand and smile with.

Family and friends shall gain a better understanding of the disease or problem and what is required of them for the affected person There will be such a great joy to be felt by the affected persons during your participation and your work, love and commitment would have developed such a passion that your departure would bring tears in the eyes of those you are leaving behind. See such a great love you have brought to someone in need.

There will be a greater awareness of the disease or problems in the work community, especially among the students and youth to be approached with educational programs.

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