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We've been able to raise £6,000 in order to purchase a vital CD4 count machine for our partner, the Umunthu Foundation in Malawi. Once this machine is in place, they will be able to provide HIV treatment to 20,000 people in their area and the lives of an entire community will be transformed.
None of this would be possible without our amazing donors! We're so grateful to each and every person who made a donation, it's completely down to you that we'll be able to make a positive impact on the lives of so many people. A special thanks goes to Carlos Garcia and the team at Trivago, who donated over half of the target amount through their 1% scheme.
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Who?Our partner, the Umunthu Foundation will soon be able to provide HIV treatment to 20,000 people.
Why?Many of these people cannot currently access the life-saving treatment, as services are many miles away.
What?Owning a testing machine will mean that people living with HIV within the community can access free HIV treatment locally.
How much?£6,000 has been raised for the machine and equipment needed to begin testing and treatment. £6,000 = 20,000 lives. Receiving HIV treatment that will vastly improve their quality of people's lives and prevent them from developing AIDS.
The CD4 count machineThe machine that we've raised money for is called a CD4 count machine. A person who has tested positive for HIV then has their CD4 count tested, and the result determines whether they need to begin treatment or not. Regular monitoring of a person’s CD4 count indicates the effectiveness of the treatment and maintains the health of a person living with HIV. Having their own CD4 count machine will allow The Umunthu Foundation to both provide CD4 count testing, and then distribute antiretroviral (ARV) medication to the people who need it.
The Umunthu Foundation• The partnership between AVERT and the Umunthu Foundation began in 2010; since that time almost 35,000 people have been tested for HIV.
• If a person tests positive for HIV, they are then referred on to CD4 count testing services, to monitor and assess their treatment needs. Referrals are also made to prevention of mother-to-child transmission services for expectant mothers.
• The ultimate aim of the Umunthu Foundation is to provide one-stop healthcare and support services for people living with HIV. With the addition of CD4 count testing and treatment services made possible by this campaign, they will be a huge step closer to achieving this goal.
Read more:• About the Umunthu Foundation
• About HIV in Malawi
• About access to HIV treatment
• About CD4 count testing
How CD4 count testing works:• HIV affects the immune system by attacking T-helper cells – white blood cells that protect your body from disease and infection.
• A healthy CD4 cell count is above 500 cells per drop (millemetre³) of blood.
• Once the CD4 cell count of a person living with HIV drops below this level, they need to begin antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
• Treatment will usually result in a person’s CD4 count returning to a healthy level, if it does not increase back up to this level, it indicates that the treatment regimen needs to be adjusted.
• Regular CD4 count testing is therefore required to maintain the health of a person living with HIV.
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