United Methodist Committee on Relief

Living Well with AIDS

Living Well with AIDS

Advance #3021529

#3021529 - Empowering and enabling people to understand HIV/AIDS and its impact on the community

Annual Goal:$30,000.00
Location: Africa Regional Africa

Describe the need affecting the community.

Still strong need to get testing and to fight stigma plus to Prevent Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT). We still find HIV+ families being isolated and unable to support themselves. Prevalence rates still high at 15% and urban high density ares have low social capital or sense of community and mutual support.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

We engage communities to develop a plan that is action oriented that requires all the community to be engaged in knowing and acting on AIDS. We shown that testing and treatment is the key to reducing the virus in the community. We develop the collective action that has all pulling together to fight AIDS.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

With only 5% of the world's population, Eastern and Southern Africa is home to half of the world's population living with HIV. Today the region continues to be the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with 48% percent of the world's new infections among adults, 55 % among children and 48% of AIDS-related deaths. In all of sub-Saharan Africa there are 24.7 million people living with AIDS. Our primary goal is to make the communities we work with AIDS free and take learnings from Zimbabwe to three new African countries.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.

The community is aware of AIDS and particularly of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, doing regular testing and has those HIV+ on drugs. Those who are HIV+ are aware of what it means to be HIV positive and are in Self Help group support plus are building up their economic support system for themselves and their families. The community will have made a public statement that they will not tolerate stigma of those HIV+. The community is also working with other communities to be AIDS free.

Budget and Financial Information


Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support


Community planning, training workshops,manuals, community trainers
Evaluation, materials and transportation
Staff coordinators, Community organizers and finance monitors

Project Contact

Richard Alton

Global Ministries Contact

Kathleen T. Griffith
(404) 460-7483