St Clement’s hosts support group function

2016-01-12 06:00
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ST Clements Home-Based Care, a registered organisation that supports people affected and infected by HIV-Aids in Clermont and surrounding areas, held a function for its support groups where food parcels and gifts were given to members recently.

Acting project co-ordinator Zanele Mvune said staff organised the function to show how much they care for them.

“Clients took part in various activities where they sang and danced and other activities relevant to the project and all were given food parcels and a meal.”

The organisation has two support group meetings a month and one during school holidays for orphans and vulnerable children. A support group for infected clients is held on the first and second Thursday of every month. It is also a support group for affected families.

“The stigma surrounding HIV-Aids makes life more difficult for people living with the virus and their families. Loneliness, anxiety, stress, confusion, bitterness and depression can make people more vulnerable to illness if they do not get any kind of support,” said Mvune.

“People living with HIV-Aids need a lot of emotional, spiritual, psychological, social, physical and clinical support.

“The purpose of forming support groups is to ensure that a person living with HIV-Aids can live a positive and productive life, provide emotional support and coping mechanisms to those who are undergoing a difficult time in their lives, and are willing to be part of a support group, to build a social network of people with similar problems, to share information around treatment, care and healing; to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV-Aids and their families.
Support groups also provide information for members so they can understand the disease and are able to educate their family, colleagues and neighbours about the disease and draw strength from other members’ experiences.

“Support groups are also held to educate people about antiretroviral medication and to encourage them to keep taking their medication and to empower members with knowledge about HIV-Aids and help them develop skills. - Supplied

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