We are grateful to the Morgan Stanley volunteers who recently spent the afternoon with our beneficiaries. We welcomed the team with an introduction to the SAC Centre and our services. A paper art workshop was arranged and hosted by our members, who shared skills they had learnt through previous art therapy classes with the volunteers, using a train-the-trainer model. Together, they created beautiful greeting cards which will be distributed to other members to demonstrate love and care. A big thank you to the Morgan Stanley Hong Kong team for their efforts and generous donation of 100 gift packs.
With the sponsorships of Gilead Science and GlaxoSmithKline plc, a health talk “Adherence to HIV Treatment and HIV Prevention” was held at SAC Centre on 28 May. We are honored to invite Dr Wyman Hui, Specialist in Infectious Disease, from the Hong Kong Society for HIV Medicine to be our guest speaker. Dr Hui shared that current antiviral treatment is advanced and simple with few side effects. According to existing scientific research, effective antiviral drug treatment can achieve "Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U)", that is, as long as the HIV viral load in the body persistently remains undetectable, there is nearly no chance for the virus can be transmitted through sexual contact. Therefore, medication compliance and treatment adherence are the keys to effectively inhibit and prevent the spread of HIV. Dr Hui further introduced various promotion campaigns of U=U around the world, hoping to reduce discrimination against HIV/AIDS, encourage regular HIV testing, and increase the determination of infected people to receive treatment.
As part of our one-year joint program “Love with Care School Project” with Khemara Cambodia, we have introduced our signature Mask Design Contest to Peam Chileang and Tboung Khmum province since 2018. During the Cambodian New Year, 512 students and public participants were invited by Khemara Cambodia to learn more about HIV/AIDS and the challenges PLHIV faced through creating masks. In addition, various competitions and games were organized in a playful way to teach their students about the importance of HIV prevention and against discrimination of HIV cases in the society.
With the sponsorships of Gilead Science and GlaxoSmithKline plc, a health talk about long COVID with the theme of "Chronic Illness and Long COVID" was held at SAC Center on 22 October. We are very honored to invite Dr. Grace Lui, Honorary Associate Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as our guest speaker to explain the definition and symptoms of long COVID, the condition and treatment for people living with HIV and the general public. In addition, Dr Lui also shared about sarcopenia and taught the members about diet and exercise guidelines for the prevention of sarcopenia.
The health talk related to cognitive impairment was held at SAC Centre on 24 Sep and the topic was “Understanding neurological diseases and cognitive impairment”. We are honored to invite Dr Barry Tam, clinical psychologist from PMH as guest speaker, to explain the research on cognitive impairment caused by HIV, different stage situation and intervention recommendation. He suggested for early intervention by prescribing appropriate antiretroviral therapy, increasing cardiopulmonary exercise and cognitive stimulation therapy for improvement.
The annual Mid-Autumn Festival celebration of SAC Center was held on 27 August with the theme of “Walk together with love and energy”. Due to the extent of the social distancing, around 40 members joined the event. They gathered to participate in the guessing riddles and game booths arranged by volunteers. Members also enjoyed the games and lucky draws. And for those who could not attend the celebration in persons, to share the joy of the festival, mooncakes and gifts were delivered to their homes. We would like to give a big applause to all sponsors and our private donor for the generous donation of mooncakes, gifts and epidemic prevention goods to support our activity.