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Postcode Lottery helps people with HIV and TB

18 March 2014

Sibonelo Handsome Mtheku, a peer educator in South Africa

A Red Cross programme supporting vulnerable people living with HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa is set to receive a £100,000 funding boost from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

As well as helping people get treatment and care in KwaZulu-Natal, Red Cross staff and volunteers also focus on preventing the spread of TB and HIV through community activities and peer education programmes.

'Fantastic support'

Mark Astarita, British Red Cross director of fundraising said: “We are hugely grateful for the fantastic support received from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery towards our vital HIV programme in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The funding provided will ensure that Red Cross volunteers are able to continue working within their communities to raise awareness about the treatment and prevention of HIV and provide home-based care. This will save lives..”

The KwaZulu-Natal province has the highest rate of HIV globally, with an estimated 1.6 million people living with the virus. It also has the highest number of TB infections in South Africa, and many people are living with both HIV and TB. 

The charity lottery, whose players have to date raised over £36.9 million for good causes, has committed an initial £1.2 million support to seven international organisations in 2014. These are British Red Cross, War Child, Water Aid, The Clinton Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Opportunity International, and the Ndlovu Care Group.

Kate Pearson from People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We are really happy that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support such a worthwhile and respected organisation as the British Red Cross.”

An emergency fund of £100,000 has also been allocated to support international disasters through the Disasters Emergency Committee, of which the Red Cross is a member.

For more information on the People’s Postcode Lottery visit

Find out more about our work in KwaZulu-Natal.


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