Today on World AIDS Day the generation of children orphaned by Ebola stands with the generations of children orphaned by HIV over nearly 30 years. In Sierra Leone HIV is still a killer. Now seen as a treatable illness in developed nations, where access to life-saving anti-retroviral drugs help positive people live a full life it's easy to forget that in much of Africa - including Sierra Leone - HIV still kills. In Sierra Leone, UNAIDS estimates show the burden falls most heavily on the 28,000 women living with HIV and the 23,000 children orphaned by AIDS. According to UNICEF only a third of people living HIV positive in Sierra Leone and only 8% of children receive the life-saving anti-retro viral medicines they need.he Shepherd's Hospice
The Shepherd’s Hospice in Freetown - the only hospice in Sierra Leone - is celebrating their 23rd anniversary this year. This small, non-denominational non-profit has been giving end of life care and outpatient and community based care since 1995.
The Hospice’s multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, Community Health Officers, social workers, community volunteers and family members provide treatment and care for pain and other distressing symptoms in life-threatening illnesses - TB, cancer, HIV and AIDS. The Shepherd’s Hospice provides this care to all, regardless of race, creed, or ability to pay.
You can find out more about the Shepherd’s Hospice and donate to support their work providing palliative care to the terminally ill here:
Today Ebola's generation stands with the HIV generation and we're wearing our red ribbon with pride please wear yours too!
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