'Positive Living' Association
Positive Living Association is an idea created by the
caregivers of the International Health Care Center (IHCC).
The Clinic is a sister organization of the West African
AIDS Foundation (WAAF) and therefore deals among other
things with a lot of HIV/AIDS positive clients. Majorities
of the HIV positive patients seen at the clinic are
from marginalized groups in society and as a result,
the clinic faces a lot of challenges.
Many a time when patients come to the clinic, they do
not only come with medical problems but with a whole
lot of other social problems:
Due to the stigma that goes with HIV/AIDS in the country,
being HIV positive comes with a whole lot of problems.
People refusing to go to work simply because they do
not want to be confronted by colleagues. Landlords evicting
tenants from their houses because of their status, or
because of them not being in the position to pay their
rent because they are not working and dont have
Lack of support
Sick people not getting any support from families because
they feel ashamed to be having an HIV positive person
in the family that has disgraced them etc. Parents are
not able to pay their childrens school fees simply
because they do not have the money.
The caregivers at the clinic
face these problems on a daily basis. Many a time they
have had to fall in for a lot of their patients. For
instance helping with transportation fees and assisting
in many other ways to help a person in need. It was
facing all these challenges that led to the idea of
setting up an association of HIV positive people who
are prepared to do something to help them selves.Positive
Living was primarily set up to work with and help
People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs).
Developing a POSITIVE group of
PLWHAs, capable of making their lives meaningful.
counseling for PLWHAs.
in creating and offering the necessary financial and
logistic support to help themselves in society.
Contacting and networking
with other relevant groups, organizations and agencies
to share experiences, knowledge and resources.
To engage non working
PLWHAs in other income generating activities.
To encourage working PLWHAs
to remain working.
To give (subsidized) medical
care to PLWHAs.