Every day, 6,300
people are newly
infected with HIV
and 4,400 people
die from AIDS related
that more than
35 million people
are living with HIV
Only 9.7 million
of these have access
to antiretroviral drugs,
to prevent them from
AND YOUR DONATION COULD BE WORTH DOUBLE IN DECEMBER!
Too many young Africans are dying of ignorance…..… but it can cost as little as 48p per person to provide life-saving HIV prevention education, and, thanks to a funding initiative called The Big Give, your donation on 5th, 6th, or 7th of December could be worth double.
Please give your gift on one of these dates as soon as possible after 10 am GMT by clicking here. A gift of £24 could be worth £48, enough to educate 100 young people. There is a limited pot of matched funding available each day so timing is everything. If you’d like an automated reminder so you don’t forget,
Each year in sub-Saharan Africa, 1.6 million people are newly infected with HIV. There is no vaccine and no cure. Often they are cast out by their family and community. At worst, they die young – as 1.2 million did last year.
A key reason behind HIV’s continued spread is ignorance. Too many young people simply don’t know the facts about how HIV is transmitted. Sex and relationships aren’t subjects for discussion in most African societies.
But if lives are to be saved, we urgently need to give young people the facts, which is why we are asking for your help.
We know education works. Just ask George.
What George learned about HIV changed his life.
25-year-old George went to an HIV education session run by an ACET trained pastor in Jos, Nigeria. Afterwards, he decided to have an HIV test. He was nervous – he had slept with a number of different girls and now realised this had put him, and them, at risk. Thankfully, the HIV test result was negative, but George had got the message. He says, “This is not a licence to continue having sex... I learned that I will still need to go for another test in three months’ time before I can be sure of my status. Believe you me I am going to abstain from sex and things that are capable of ruining my life and killing me before my time. Thank you for what you are doing to help young people.”
Our plan is to train 125 pastors, like the one who helped George, in highly influential and widespread churches across Africa so they in turn can educate their communities through challenging stigma and fear around HIV, exposing the dangerous myths that fuel its spread, and equipping young people to make wise and healthy choices that will minimise their chance of HIV infection. Across Africa, faith is central to the lives of millions and ACET is working with the church to bring about changes in the lives of many.
Please join with us this December, and help make AIDS history! Thank you.
ACET (Aids Care Education and Training) is a compassionate Christian response to HIV and AIDS. We work through an alliance of locally managed Christian organisations in over 20 countries. Each project works in a way that is appropriate to local needs, but all provide:
- Compassionate, unconditional care for all who are affected by HIV, regardless of how they came to be so. We take a stand against stigma and discrimination and encourage acceptance of those with HIV.
- Professional life-saving education which encourages healthy lifestyle choices to minimise the risk of HIV infection, and gives young people confidence to resist peer pressure.
- Training of volunteers through churches and other faith based organisations.