HIV/AIDS is a serious health issue in Ethiopia, with about 1.32 million people living with either HIV or AIDS. ChildFund trains community volunteers in conducting home visits with families to ensure that the daily needs of these affected by the disease are met, including cooking, cleaning, bathing and medications. Support from these home-based care workers means that people with AIDS live with a chronic, treatable illness rather than a death sentence.
Treatment is only one piece of the puzzle. We also work with children, youth, parents and community leaders to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and testing interventions, and we make available social networks to counter stigma and discrimination. Through our Strengthening Community Safety Nets program in the Addis Ababa and Oromia areas, 50,000 orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS have received family-centered care and support. The program builds on existing partnerships with community groups and local volunteers to increase the resilience of families and community structures to support children affected by HIV, especially those under 11.