Join Our Campaign For Treatment Access!
Advances in HIV treatment now mean that people living with HIV can lead healthy and fulfilling lives, having the same life expectancy as those without the virus. But the heart-breaking reality is that many people living with HIV across the world are still unable to access this essential treatment.
Join our campaign, and help us to provide treatment access to over 20,000 people in Malawi, saving countless lives and empowering an entire community’s response to HIV.
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Help our partner, the Umunthu Foundation to provide HIV treatment to 20,000 people.
Many of these people cannot currently access the life-saving treatment, as services are many miles away.
Owning a testing machine would mean that people living with HIV within the community could access free HIV treatment locally.
£6,000 for the machine and equipment to begin testing and treatment immediately. £6,000 = 20,000 lives. That’s just 30p each, to give a person treatment that will vastly improve their quality of life and prevent them from developing AIDS.
The CD4 count machine
The machine that we are raising 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.
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.