Two out of every three people living with HIV/AIDS are found in Sub-Saharan Africa, easily making this region the most affected and most heavily burdened corner of the world. An estimated 22 million adults and children were living with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2008. Approximately 1.5 million Africans died from AIDS that year, leaving a total of 11 million children living as AIDS orphans.
The extent of the epidemic is stunning in many African countries and increasing numbers of people with HIV are now becoming ill. Despite expanded prevention, treatment and care efforts, the infection rates and death tolls on the continent have continued rising. AIDS is erasing decades of progress made in extending life expectancy in Africa. Millions of adults are dying young or in early middle age. The toll of HIV/AIDS on households can be very severe. Many families are losing their income earners leaving the family in severe poverty. Many are dying leaving surviving partners infected and in need of care. Often the presence of AIDS means that the household eventually dissolves, as the parents die and children are orphaned. Many of those orphans are infected as well. But the impact of HIV goes beyond sickness and death, affecting every part of African society.
That’s why Vision Africa is proud to serve as a partner with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Nigeria. As a faith-based, indigenous organization, Vision Africa provides a unique community outreach capability for the important fight against HIV and AIDS. Hundreds of people have received education, counseling, testing and treatment through Vision Africa’s powerful partnerships and meaningful outreach to communities.
Community Outreach and Education are crucial in controlling this epidemic. Beyond our government-supported partnerships, grassroots HIV/AIDS education is a standard part of Vision Africa’s crusades and mission trips, and is presented on an ongoing basis through Vision Africa Radio. The educational information focuses on improving knowledge and attitudes to sexual health, reducing sexual risk taking behaviors, while promoting abstinence and monogamy.Medical care is still needed for those families already infected. Through medical mission trips and ongoing donations of medicines, survival rates for those who are infected can be increased dramatically. If you are interested in helping through prayer, donations of money or medicines or participating in a medical mission trip, please contact us.