Her child was born healthy and was not infected with HIV at birth because she is in our AIDS treatment program and her viral load is "undetectable".
We urgently need your help!
AIDS is no longer a life-shortening disease if and as long as the patient is taking his antiretroviral medication steadily and regularly. It usually takes about eight weeks after the start of treatment, that the AIDS patients feel significantly better and about half a year until their viral load falls below the detection limit (<50 virus copies per mm³) and thus they are no longer contagious. So far, we have been able to ensure this simultaneously for up to 736 patients through our AIDS treatment program (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy = HAART).
The local Department of Health has provided us with free medication in recent years. It was totally unexpected that today we had to learn that the government is having delivery problems and therefore cannot promise us right now that we can always get the medicines we need for our patients to survive on time and in full in the near future. After an emergency meeting, today we decided to guarantee the provision of treatment to our patients and temporarily buy the medicines ourselves until the Department can deliver again. In addition, we want to create a cushion, so to speak. In other words, we want to create a supply of at least one month's supply (better three months) so that we are better prepared for similar emergencies in the future.
Now we ask you as warmly as urgently for a generous donation,
which will allow us to purchase the medication.
We calculated one day what the AIDS treatment in our program costs on average, and it came to just under
per patient per day
Your donation will help us and the patients entrusted into our care a lot!
Thank you for your help!
18 years Children's Home (9 July)
Our children's home was started 18 years ago, on 9 July 2000.
24 years AIDS Education and Counselling (23 May)
23 years ago, on 24 May 1994, we started our AIDS Education and Counselling Programme.
14 years HAART / AIDS Treatment Programme (1 April)
14 years ago, on 1 April 2004, was the official commencement of our AIDS Treatment Programme.
19 years First Aid & Emergency Service (30 March)
19 years ago, on 30 March 1999, our first aid and emergency service made its first deployment.
25 years Malnutrition Clinic (15 March)
25 years ago, on 15 March 1993, we opened our Malnutrition Clinic.
25 years Bursary Fund (3 February)
22 years Disaster Relief (26 January)
22 years ago, on 26 January 1996, Blessed Gérard's Disaster Relief Project was initiated, when the Department of Water Affairs issued a flood warning for all people living along the Tugela River.
25 years Relief Fund (4 January)
25 years ago, on 4 January 1993, Blessed Gérard's Relief Fund started tto operate. We help people in our area in genuine cases of immediate need,
- to give food to starving families,
- to give clothing to the poor
- to give building material to needy people whose huts have burned down or just
- to counsel and give advice to those who have no solution to so many different problems.
25 years Poor-Sick-Fund (18 December)
25 years ago, on 18 December 1992, the activities of our Poor-Sick-Fund commenced.
9 years Convent (5 December)
Nine years ago, on 5 December 2008, Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B. from the Benedictine Convent of Twasana in Zululand came to us. This was the beginning of a new chapter in our history. Later on two more sisters joined Sr. Edith. Today there are Sr. Conradine Mkhize O.S.B., a registered professional nurse with special training in palliative nursing, and Sr. Augustine Bhengu O.S.B., an educator, who joined Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B., an educator, formin Blessed Gérard's Convent. For further information read "Benedictine Convent in Mandeni".
"Where misery is overcome by love" - the long version of our image film is online now!
25 years Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard (28 October)
It was 25 years ago, on 28 October 1992, that the -Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard was founded by Father Gérard Lagleder O.S.B., Dr. Paul Thabethe, Sr. Thuli Thabethe, Geoff Kalkwarf and Clare Kalkwarf.
More about this in our chronicle.