The Society for AIDS Care (SAC) continues a 12-month joint school project, “Love with Care School Project” with Khemara Cambodia. On 15 February, Khemara Cambodia organized a Valentine’s Day Event with over 200 high school students in the Province of Tbong Khmum. Teachers and the local authorities were also participated in the event. The students took part in a Question and Answer Session on Sexual and Reproductive Health Education. By the end of the program, the students were able to gain a lot of knowledge on issues such as HIV prevention and child protection information.
The epidemic of COVID-19 has brought serious impact on Hong Kong. Apart from worrying about infections, rushing for buying epidemic prevention stuff and unemployment causing by deteriorated economic environment have caused a heavy burden on the public. Most of our members are grassroots, living alone or unable to work due to their physical conditions, extra expenses for purchasing epidemic prevention goods or other living needs also put a lot of pressure on them. With the support of The Swire Group Charitable Trust, we immediately distribute anti-epidemic materials and food support for members in need. In addition, health information related to epidemic is distributed regularly through electronic means and psychological support has also been rendered. We hope to walk through this tough period together with our members.
We are very pleased to announce that our brand new TV Announcements in the Public Interest (API) started broadcasting on RTHK, Viu TV (Now TV), TVB and Hong Kong Open TV (Cable TV) on 28 November 2019! With the messages on HIV Undetectable viral load are Untransmittable (U=U) and our mother-to-child transmission prevention program, this creative animation aims to appeal for all to understand that PLHIV should seek proper treatment without fear of discrimination or being turned away due to their HIV status. The TV API is also uploaded to our YouTube Channel; you may click below to review the video. This video is supported by Gilead Sciences Inc. which provided funding. Gilead Sciences Inc. has had no input into the development or content of these materials.
In shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, the supply of epidemic prevention materials, especially surgical mask, is still scarce and expensive in the market. Given the urgent needs and tight supply, our team has sewn handmade reusable fabric masks at the office. Although these masks cannot replace surgical mask, they can be used as a contingency measure. The first batch has already been distributed among our patients and their care-givers.
The epidemic situation of new coronavirus transmission persists, citizens need to keep on paying for anti-epidemic materials and they also face the situation of earning less or unemployment due to poor economic condition. Most of our members are grassroots or with poor physical conditions that made them difficult to find work. The existing environment puts heavy burden on them. Our food bank service provides food support including rice, oil, noodles, and canned food to members in need. We continue to seek resources and hope that interested people can donate anti-epidemic materials or other resources to SAC for supporting more PLHIV. Interested donor can contact Miss Leung at 2559 2006 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Year of Pig is about to pass. To celebrate the coming of the Year of Rat with blessing, SAC members joined together to prepare “Fei Chun” and made lanterns with red pockets. The meaningful “Fei Chun” and beautiful lanterns will also be sent to those members with difficulties coming to the centre by colleagues for sharing the hope of New Year. Singleton members also enjoyed the reunion gathering with SAC Centre for celebrating Chinese New Year. Let's welcome the New Year with hope and joy, and wish you all have peace in mind and body in the Year of Rat!