In 1982 Africa’s first cases of HIV were discovered in the Rakai district; where Mannya Village is located. Since it was first detected, AIDS has taken the lives of an estimated 940,000 Ugandans.
Every 14 seconds, another parent dies of AIDS, leaving behind an orphaned child and each day 1,200 children worldwide become infected with HIV.
They’re some pretty confronting statistics, but the reality is HIV/AIDS is currently the world’s leading infectious killer, with 39 million deaths to date caused by AIDS related illnesses.* HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is an incurable infection that results in the ongoing break down of the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off other infections. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of the HIV virus.
In 1982 Africa’s first cases of HIV were discovered in the Rakai district; where Mannya Village is located. Since it was first detected, AIDS has taken the lives of an estimated 940,000 Ugandans.*
While HIV is not an illness to be taken lightly, advances in technology and treatment now mean a much brighter outlook for those who test positive. Since the Mannya Health Centre officially opened in 2009, we have tested 12,987 people for HIV, with 706 testing positive.
Approximately 5.5% of the Mannya Village population are HIV positive and there are currently 156 patients on ARV therapy. ARV therapy is a mixture of antiretroviral drugs administered to patients to suppress HIV from progressing. This gives hope to HIV positive mothers on ARV treatment because it also lowers their chances of passing the virus onto their baby. ARV has also been effective in reducing the rate of HIV positive individuals passing the virus onto HIV negative partners.
The Mannya Health centre offers pre and post counselling sessions to patients being tested for the virus. Irene is our counsellor, supporting patients through the testing process and is also responsible for starting up the ‘Kick AIDS out of Mannya’ group, which focuses on educating community members about HIV/AIDS and preventative measure to reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus.
While HIV/AIDS testing and treatment is a free service provided by the African Government, building the Mannya Health Care centre was made possible by our wonderful customers. Every time you purchase one of our Cotton On Foundation charity items, profits go towards our projects in Southern Uganda. The Mannya Health Care centre was one of those projects, so know that you’re helping us ‘Kick AIDS out of Mannya’ and giving community members a brighter outlook on their health.
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