HIV continues to be one of the world’s largest public health issues.
At the end of 2014, 36.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the worst affected region.
While HIV is a global pandemic, British Red Cross work to tackle the virus is focused on South Africa, which has one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS in the world.
The British Red Cross has been supporting HIV programmes in South Africa since 1999.
Some 6.3 million people are living with HIV in South Africa. We are working in KwaZulu-Natal, one of the poorest regions of South Africa, where a quarter of adults are HIV positive.
Those living with HIV are much more susceptible to tuberculosis (TB).
TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV. It accounts for around one in five AIDS-related deaths.
Working with the South African Red Cross, our HIV and TB programme is:
- Raising awareness about safe sex to prevent further infections
- Expanding and improving the quality of care, treatment and support
- Building livelihoods and financial security
- Reducing stigma and discrimination
- Increasing the ability of the South African Red Cross to meet the needs of people