The Society for AIDS Care (SAC) continues a 12-month joint school project, “Love with Care School Project” with Khemara Cambodia. Schools in Cambodia has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and schools were closed since mid-March 2020. As a result, the school program has been deferred and group gathering activities were replaced with individual home visits. Fortunately, the jointed program has been successfully carried out and reached over 1,458 students.
We have already started distributing the certificates & trophies of “Say No to Discrimination!" Design Contest 2020-2021. School teachers and participants are welcome to contact us for distribution arrangement. We are also pleased to announce that “Say No to Discrimination!" Design Contest 2021-2022 will open for application in September. Stay tuned for more information.
Under the threat of COVID-19, The 6th Asia Pacific Conference on AIDS and Co-infections went virtual again on 17-19 June this year, to ensure all participants can join the conference under a safe environment condition. The conference featured regional experts to provide community and health care perspectives, as well as national plans/ programs for implementation for strategies to eliminate stigma and discrimination. We are honored to be one of their supporting organizations for the sixth consecutive year. And our professional team has attended the online presentation of latest researches on HIV/AIDS presented by scholars at the conference.
From June to July 2021, SAC Center has launched the "Love Life; Share Love" Project. Professional instructor facilitates our members to create Nagomi pastel art pieces. In addition to learning painting skills, it is far more important for members to discover their personal creativity and review their inner feelings through paintings. Also, members learn to appreciate themselves and others through sharing of artworks. We expect members will share love and hope with others through Nagomi pastel artworks.
Various ways to use exercise band to train different/target muscle groups were taught with the right technique and practiced as strengthening exercises. Members engaged and enjoyed the activity; positive peer interaction was also observed during the process. Warm up and stretching exercises were incorporate into the sessions, to maintain flexibility of limbs and trunk.
At present, antiretroviral therapy is effective in controlling an HIV infection. If the amount of virus in blood is undetectable for at least 6 months, it also means that it is not contagious through sexual contact (Undetectable = Untransmittable; U=U). With the sponsorships of Gilead Science and GlaxoSmithKline plc, we are honored to invite Dr. Alfred Sit from Public Health Services Branch of the Department of Health to share the importance of drug adherence on HIV treatment. In addition to being U=U, it also enhances personal immunity and reduces the chance of progressing to AIDS. Dr. Sit also introduced a variety of cancers that are common in middle-aged and elderly with HIV, most of which are related to smoking, unbalanced diet and living habits. Members were encouraged to pay more attention on their personal health and regular physical examinations can help avoid serious complications.