Realizing the Need for Cultural Awareness & Education
Quickly realizing that 33% were infected by HIV/AIDS, education and cultural awareness would be the key to stopping the deadly disease’s progression. Andy taught an abstinence-based curriculum to the local youth. He followed that with a curriculum designed to form strong marriages. Once they understood what caused the devastation of their families and after learning the truth about all facets of HIV/AIDS, the young people eagerly committed to inspiring others. Three teams were formed to hold rallies and train other youth in schools, churches, and community gatherings.
Opening the Mmametlhake Family Care Center
Creating Hand In Hand In Africa
Our mission is to eradicate HIV/AIDS through education and community support projects. We accomplish this mission by teaching culture, heart, and life-style changing curriculum to local leaders from cities and villages throughout the African countries of Kenya and South Africa.
What is HIV?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that causes AIDS. A member of a group of viruses called retroviruses, HIV infects human cells and uses the energy and nutrients provided by those cells to grow and reproduce.
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is a disease in which the body's immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off infections, known as "opportunistic infections," and other illnesses that take advantage of a weakened immune system.
OVC = Orphans and Vulnerable Children
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), approximately 15 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Nearly 12 million of these children live in sub Saharan Africa, where HIHIA serves.
Eastern and Southern Africa
In 2017, there were 19.6 million people living with HIV in East and Southern Africa —more than half of all people living with HIV in the world—and an estimated 800,000 new infections. The region accounts for 44% of new HIV infections worldwide. More than half of people living with HIV in East and Southern Africa are women and girls. In 2017, about 380,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses.
In Kenya in 2018 the percentage of adults living with HIV (15-49years) was 4.75%. Of the 1.4 million adults living with HIV, 65% were women. New HIV infections among young women aged 15–24 years were more than double those among young men. However, HIV treatment was higher among women than men. Only 59.89% of women and men 15–24 years old correctly identified ways of preventing the sexual transmission of HIV.