In 2005, at the request of the Stung Treng Provincial Health Director, YWAM started a Home-Based Care Program for People Living with HIV/AIDS. We are helping to reduce the discrimination of these victims because of misinformation.
We help families to provide care at the community level in a way that dignifies people. This includes provision of basic supplies, training in how to safely care for a person who is sick with HIV / AIDS.
We offer counseling and advice regarding: nutrition, staying healthy and how to prevent transmission.
- Supports and cares for AIDS patients in the Provincial Hospital.
- Provides food for impoverished families.
- Assists with referral to health services for Anti-Retroviral drugs or treatment of Opportunist Infections.
Our ‘Friend Helps Friend’ monthly support group:
- Provides a place for PLHA to support one another at regular meetings, share problems and concerns, and share advice, as well as receiving some education.
- An important part of this ministry is to help parents prepare for their children’s future, and provides children with education, counseling, and help dealing in with the death of their parents.
Two staff help care for patients in the AIDS ward, and clean it , so that the medical staff will come treat the patients. They also visit homes to encourage and/or refer PLHA’s to the hospital if necessary.