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 related to HIV cardiovascular disease was held at SAC Centre on 25th June and the topic was “Cardiovascular Health and You”. We are honored to invite Dr Daphne Lau, Specialist in Infectious Diseases, from Princess Margaret Hospital to be our guest speaker. Dr Lau explained the pathology and causes of cardiovascular diseases, the risk of heart disease and treatment methods for people living with HIV (PLHIV). She shared that studies have shown that PLHIV have an average of 2 times higher risk of cardiovascular disease than non-infected people. She further suggested that cardiovascular disease can be effectively prevented through diet control, quitting smoking and drinking habits, maintaining regular exercise, and conducting related examinations.
The health workshop related to usage of medicine was held at SAC Centre on 1 June in the form of zoom. The registered pharmacist from Health in Action explained to our members about elderly’s medication concerns, preparation and types of home safety medicine and the complications of COVID-19, etc. The pharmacist also introduced the services and contact methods of the community pharmacy to the members.
The fifth wave of COVID-19 pandemic has brought great challenges to all of us. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Hongkong Land HOME FUND for a funding support of food and anti-pandemic supplies, supermarket coupon and COVID antigen test-kits to our service users. 150 people living with HIV (PLHIV) families with aging PLHIV or financial difficulties have been benefited from this Programme.