Dignitas International is a leader in the development of solutions for global health. Committed to innovation, Dignitas works with patients, health workers, researchers, and policymakers to tackle barriers to health care in resource-limited communities. Combining frontline expertise and rigorous research, Dignitas saves lives and upholds the right to health and dignity of the world’s most vulnerable by increasing access to care, strengthening health systems, and shaping health policy and practice.
Over the next three years, Dignitas will:
- Strengthen the HIV/AIDS referral clinic in Zomba, Malawi, which serves as Dignitas’s long-term program, research and development site. It is in Zomba where over 16,000 patients have been treated for HIV and over 500 health workers have been trained to date. Zomba has also served as the site for the development and implementation of innovations aimed at improving patient care and strengthening weak health systems.
- Expand HIV/AIDS services in five additional districts in Malawi, which will increase access to 3.1 million people, nearly one quarter of Malawi’s population.
- Provide training and ongoing mentorship to 2,000 health workers and health systems managers.
- Start an additional 40,000 adults and children on life-saving HIV treatment.
“To see first hand, the impact of AIDS on African communities compels you, as an individual, to try to do something to help. Dr. Philpott has taken this further – she has inspired Canadians to join her in the fight against AIDS.”
The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, SLF has funded over 700 initiatives, partnering with 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic.
These grassroots groups are the lifeline for their communities: they provide counselling and education about HIV prevention, care and treatment; distribute food, medication and other necessities; reach the sick and vulnerable through home-based health care; help orphans and vulnerable children access education and work through their grief; and support grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren. To better understand the impact of your contributions, read more about the costs of some project activities in Africa.
With your support, these grassroots organizations will reach hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable children (including orphans, children with disabilities, children heading households), support grandmother groups to access pensions, health care, food sources and emotional support, strengthen networks of people living with HIV and AIDS, assist home-based care workers with stipends, training and support, and provide quick and effective support in crisis situations for organizations working at the crossroads of sexual violence and HIV/AIDS.
“Give a Day is an intensely individual and human response to the AIDS pandemic. You can’t imagine what a few dollars will do to transform human life amongst sophisticated and resilient people who are struggling for survival each day.”