Children and adults with disabilities are more vulnerable for HIV-infection. They often miss out in awareness campaigns (e.g. radio) and engage more easily in questionable relationships (because poverty, lack of affection from parents etc)
Therefore CBR Effata started in 2003 with the AIDS Ministry. Staff organised awareness campaigns in mainstream and special schools with special attention for adolescents with disabilities. Material in Braille and videos in Sign Language have been developed and distributed.
Supportgroup and Care for Orphans
At the moment awareness activities have been reduced. HIV-tests are done by our staff and people are referred for ARV-treatment. The support group of People Living With HIV / Aids meets every month for counselling, prayer, support and treatment of opportunistic infections. Orphans and vulnerable children are supported in schools and with feeding; when needed a foster family will be found for them.
CBR Effata has done some research about HIV-knowledge among people with disabilities and the results of peer-education in secondary schools. More information can be found below: