MISSION

We are committed to provide professional care service to the PLHIV to strengthen their self-care ability, build up their self-confidence and vision of positive living, so as to facilitate their full community reintegration.

OBJECTIVE

To advocate for PLHIV on their rights to have quality of life and rights to be respected.
To collaborate with and to empower partners including community groups or individuals to develop integrated sustainable HIV/AIDS programs on care and prevention.
To provide resources and support for partners in implementing HIV/AIDS programs on care and prevention.

Milestones

  • 1994

    The Society for AIDS Care was established

  • 1995

    The Home Care Service commenced by a group of professional nurses

  • 1996

    The government leased the Tai Po Lookout to SAC

  • 1997

    Provision of hospice care service to the terminally ill patients at Lookout Residential Care Centre

  • 1999

    Rehabilitation Service has commenced since 1999 to improve or maintain PLHIV’s physical abilities and enabling them to develop a better quality of life and a better preparation for community re-integration

  • 2000

    Closure of Lookout and transformed our center based rehabilitation center in Kowloon

Milestones

  • 2001

    Implemented “Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Program”, the only charitable organization to provide this service in Hong Kong.

  • 2003

    Moved the Day Centre to Mongkok which is a safe and cozy place where the PLHIV could feel free to visit, use the facilities and join the therapeutic programs.

  • 2004

    Set up Community Fundraising Team and help to promote community acceptance and AIDS related information & education in the community

  • 2006
    • Launched the Home Base Counseling Service
    • Launched HK-China AIDS Training Program
  • 2008

    Set-up Food Bank at Day Centre

  • 2010

    Launched a new school program “HEY!” (HIV/AIDS Education for Youth) for teenagers

Milestones

  • 2011
    • Dr. Andrew Yuen and Ms. Caroline Wong joined SAC as Board Directors Through our Mother-to Child Transmission Intervention Program, there were six babies born HIV free in that year. Took part in the “F2F Monthly Giving Alliance” with 19 local organizations to increase transparency of street face-to-face fund raising activity. All projects submitted for Lee Ka Shing Foundation “Love Ideas HK Programme” were successfully funded in which “Love@Nutritional Meals” was awarded by Mr. Lee Ka Shing personally for an extra double grant. Collaborated the Social Work Students Placement Training Program with School of Public Affairs, Henan Normal University.
  • 2012
    • Since 2001, SAC experienced a 100% success rate in terms of prevention with a total of 30 babies born free of HIV today. To commemorate World AIDS Day, SAC invited over 6,000 people from different sectors of the community to take photo with the message “We do not discriminate against people living with HIV/AIDS” on a red ribbon to show their support.
  • 2013
    • Granted free air time for our newly produced TV commercial from the Government Announcements in the Public Interest this year. With “invisible masks” as the theme, it aims to arouse public awareness on HIV transmission and to promote the acceptance of PLHIV. Produced a radio program through the Community Involvement Broadcasting Program of Radio Television Hong Kong introducing AIDS facts and developments to alleviate common misconceptions and misunderstanding. Kicked off the “Giving Love Campaign” in which a year round “Milk Milk Saving Bank” promotion campaign was launched for public to donate their spare changes and show their acceptance and support to people living with HIV/AIDS. Media interviews were conducted at the Day Center including newspaper coverage of a HIV positive mother who gave birth to a HIV free baby and a single father who takes care of his HIV positive son solely for 20 years. The touching stories attracted a lot of positive comments. A NowTV medical documentary covering the late stage of AIDS patients to provide public with better understanding of HIV care service in Hong Kong and the importance of maintaining good health through our holistic care model for our patients. We hoped the Government would expand more resources funding for the direct patient services. Organized school talks on HIV/AIDS to raise students’ concern and awareness

Milestones

  • 2014
    • 20th Anniversary of The Society for AIDS Care M.A.C AIDS Fund donated HK$500,000 to support activities of World AIDS Day 2014 Assisted 32 HIV positive mothers to give birth to HIV free babies and maintained 100% success rate Launched the Bread Sharing Program with Foodlink A new mainland-based AIDS children program was launched in collaboration with the Guangxi Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The center mainly takes care of children with AIDS.
  • 2015
    • Held the first “Superhero Run” at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Launched the “Red! Yellow! Green! We Grow! Adolescent-oriented Life Skill Education Program for local secondary school students A new program “Male Sexual Health” has been initiated which aim at enhancing awareness on safer sex and cultivate friendly sexual health environment for men having sex with men community. PLHIV Health Survey Press Conference was held to explain the consequences of delayed treatment and an AIDS patient was present to share his painful story of permanent disability due to delayed treatment. Launched the China-HK AIDS Professional Exchange Program Launched the Guangxi Family Trip
  • 2016
    • The New Women Phone-in Hotline and Free HIV Testing Service was established. Enquiries are handled by our registered nurses and social workers. Joined the first Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2016 as supporting organization held in Hong Kong
  • 2017
    • Ms. Clara Ingen-Housz and Mr. Marcel Thoma joined SAC as Board Directors
      Joined the second Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2017 in Hong Kong as supporting organization again
      Help to rebuild a larger water pump for the Sunflower Orphan Centre in Cambodia
      Launched the newly designed website
      Participated in HSBC Hong Kong Community Partnership Programme and the HSBC Community Festival

Milestones

  • 2018
    • Launched Women Phone-in Hotline and Free HIV and Syphilis Testing Service
    • Launched the handmade “Kimmy” doll for our Cambodia Project, raising fund to support our service in Cambodia
    • Christmas tree auction organized by The Upper House had raised HK130,000 donation for SAC
    • Sponsored by M。A。C AIDS Fund, SAC organized the “Love and Care。Join Together” Art Exhibition
    • Joined the third Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2018 in Hong Kong as supporting organization again
    • SAC had exchanged with several HIV organizations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August
    • SAC and KHEMARA CAMBODIA commenced a joint project in empowering high school students in sexual reproduction health education and HIV prevention
  • 2019
    • Mr. Craig Beattie and Mr. Marcus Pollard joined SAC as Board Directors
    • Community Chest Fund supporting our programme
    • Joined the fourth Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2019 in Hong Kong as supporting organization again
    • Supporting The 3rd ASIA PACIFIC HIV CLINICAL FORUM in Hong Kong as meeting endorser
    • Continue our partnership with KHEMARA Cambodia and commenced another 12-month joint school project, "Love With Care School Project"
    • Kick off launch of our "Know More about AIDS" animation at World AIDS Day roadshow event in November
    • Successfully applied for government's Announcements in Public Interests (API), broadcasted our new animation in all free-to-air television network in Hong Kong
  • 2020
    • Launching our first AIDS Pre-Walk Party at The Upper House in January
    • Support The fifth Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2020 and The 4th ASIA PACIFIC HIV CLINICAL FORUM in Bangkok

Message from CEO

Since the first reported case of COVID-19 in late December last year, there have been many significant changes in our daily routines, many workers requiring to work from home and many needy services were closed. The arrangement provided a lot of undesired worries for our service recipients. Besides having to remain in isolation at home, they worried more if their HIV status will intricate complications from COVID 19. According to two large scale studies of the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom, both found that people living with HIV had between 63 and 130% higher risk of dying of COVID-19 than other people. The studies showed that co-morbidities such as obesity, poorly controlled diabetes and high blood pressure were important risk factors in people living with HIV.

In response to the government appeal to stay home, special measures were introduced to assign more support for our patients. During the period, door to door delivery of surgical mask, hand sanitation gel and antibacterial hand wash together with our food bank items were provided for them. Instead of attending our center, our social worker provided mindfulness relaxation exercises through virtual face to face phone and telephones with good effects. The 24 hour nurses hot-line remained open to assist any patients who might need to consult about medication intake and support from our team.

The SAC Centre is devoted to providing a comfortable, relaxing and caring environment for our patients to participate in various activities and meet their peers. The theme in 2019-2020 was “Live a Happy Life”. We hoped to use diversified activities and life support skills to encourage patients to be more engaged in the community, build different interests, enjoy and live a wonderful life with a variety of targeted programs and special projects. Regular education seminars, delivered by doctors, nurses and nutritionist took part in our talks last year. The topics covered were “health talk series including "Diet Tips on High Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Level", "Diet and Exercise on Bone Health", "Effects of Drug Metabolism on Liver and Kidney Function", "Healthy Aging" and "How to Live a Happy Life". We aimed to improve holistic health of our patients through the different targeted education programs.

The SAC Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Program (MTCTPP) has been introduced since 2002 aiming at eliminating HIV transmission in all new infants through the cooperation and support from doctors and nurses in hospitals and HIV clinics. Our home care nurses worked closely with the multi-disciplinary team ensuring the pregnant mother adhered to the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) prescribed in order to suppress the viral load to undetectable level. 41 healthy babies were born since the beginning of this program. The success rate is 100%.

We continue to provide free HIV and syphilis testing with professional counselling to women in need. According to WHO, it is estimated that only 79% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, it is therefore imperative for the public to increase HIV testing uptake. Our HIV self-testing program using non-invasive oral swab aims to improve the awareness of HIV testing continued last year. The advantage for it be performed at a private place at any time becomes a new way of regular testing in demand. The program will continue in the coming year.

In terms of youth education, the mask design contest for schools and public with the theme of ‘Say no to discrimination’ remained very popular with over 8000 students took part in our Facebook award competition. The program provided youth with good opportunities to learn about HIV and measures to protect them.

The Cambodia program collaborated with Khemara, Cambodia, which aims to improve life quality of women and girls in Cambodia continues to expand this year. Our joint program ‘Love with Care” provided the much needed sexual/reproductive health and HIV education for secondary school students with the theme of ‘Say No to HIV Discrimination’. Last year, we have increased our support in COVID-19 prevention materials to distribute to students and outreach to families at home.

The preventative education on HIV/AIDS and sexual transmitted infection for transgender group and their sex partners through online outreach and workshops completed with good feedback. The pilot project is a joint effort together with the Transgender Resource Center in Hong Kong. Free HIV antibody and syphilis testing service with pre and post counselling were provided to encourage them to conduct regular tests. The testing service can identify infected person and link them for care and treatment.

Due to COVID-19 affecting gathering of people this year, our AIDS walk Committee has decided to take the activity online for our participants to complete the walk remotely using their own creativity to complete the activity. Our special thanks to our T-shirt producer Simple Approach, T-Shirt designer DFT x JOYCE Group, celebrities, ambassadors, key opinion leaders and sponsors making this event to its new dimension.

A new mobile app featuring “know more about AIDS” was launched this year, it aims to provide the general public education and information on HIV transmission and prevention knowledge. Together with the newly launch API (short video) showing in all free TV channels, we hope it will help to eliminate misconceptions on HIV/AIDS.

We are very thankful and appreciative of all donations received and we always work to be good stewards of your donations. All of this good work cannot be overstated without the generosity from our supporters and volunteers. We look forward to bringing about even greater positive change in the HIV/AIDS community in our coming years.


Alice Chan
Chief Executive Officer
Oct 2020

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