Update on the SACBC AIDS Office, June 2014
The SACBC AIDS Office began its final year of its PEPFAR-funded treatment and orphan and vulnerable children’s programmes on 1 June, having been granted an extension for one year. Two of the Church’s treatment sites, of the original twenty two, remain, Nazareth House in Johannesburg and Tapologo in Rustenburg. Nazareth House will be working on securing Department of Health-funded drugs. Tapologo has managed to secure Department of Health drugs. About 25 orphan and vulnerable children’s programmes are supported by this grant in different dioceses, providing children with access to education, health care, paralegal services, nutrition, psychosocial services and shelter.
An evaluation of the British government-funded TB screening programme will begin in July, assessing the impact of TB screening services in nearly twenty places across South Africa and Swaziland.
This week saw the beginning of training in building skills for 15 out of school youth in the Diocese of Manzini. On completion of their training they will be constructing a number of two-roomed houses for their own and other vulnerable families. Funding for this project is provided by Misereor.