HIV is the world's biggest humanitarian crisis. An estimated 33 million people are living with HIV, and South Africa has one of the highest rates in the world, with more than five million people currently living with the virus.
For the last several years,British Red Cross have been focusing on one of South Africa's hardest hit regions, KwaZulu-Natal. Thanks to the financial support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, they are now better equipped to provide support to those most in need.
The Red Cross integrated HIV and TB project in KwaZulu-Natal works with communities to fight the epidemic and provide support to those living with HIV and TB in a way that’s sustainable and long-lasting.
The focus of their programme is:
Across KwaZulu-Natal, the Red Cross has 1,300 dedicated volunteers who provide a lifeline to people in their community. They help out in the home and give advice on nutrition and establishing food gardens which can also help generate income.
In 2014, players awarded £100,000 to the British Red Cross to fight this scourge of a disease. Mark Astarita, Director of Fundraising at British Red Cross, said, "We are hugely grateful for the fantastic support received from the players of People's Postcode Lottery toward our vital HIV programme in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The £100,000 of support provided will ensure that Red Cross volunteers are able to continue working within their communities to raise awareness about the treatment and prevention of HIV. This will save lives. Thank you."