By Niels Hemming - Finding a way to reach those that have no one else
ETA has been very active in these last 3 months promoting our online counselling service for young people. Social media has been a breakthrough for us in reaching vulnerable youths that often don't want to see or talk to a person about HIV. We find that having the social media platform has created a safe and free space for those with HIV to ask raw questions and talk about their problems.
We have grown our social media to over 14500 members and have achieved a huge reach. We have counselled online over 400 members this year, offering advice, education and support.
This has been a groundbreaker in the fight against Stigma and we hope to continue to reach out to these very vulnerable groups with this medium. We still need funds for this year and we hope that our partners will help with our low costs at ETA. So often those that need help are in very remote African areas with little support or education. ETA has saved many lives through our work. I hope we get the funds we need to continue.
We are currently in fundraising mode trying to reach our goal for this year's school program. So much happens in our lives that we have decided as a team to update our stories and our journies living with HIV.
It was with such sadness that we started the year with the tragic murder of the son of our speaker & Director Basil. Shortly after this in March one of our very close friends and fellow activists was also murdered here in Cape Town. Ayanda Dengi was a huge part of the journey with ETA and his tragic killing left a deep mark on us all. It really highlights the dangers of the work we do.
Events like this in life have a great effect on a team like ours and emotionally everyone has needed some time. It with this in mind that we are redesigning and updating our screen presentations to better present our stories.
We hope, if we raise the funds, to be back on stage as soon as we can.
By Niles Hemming - Let put Humanity back into HIV services
Our project to protect and educate young people from Stigma and HIV has now moved into full swing since we are able to raise the funds through the Global Giving Fund.We have been able to purchase our own screen and for our Stigma presentations in schools. We have enough funding to take our HIV roadshow to ten schools in 2019.
We are currently working with The Education Department to gain permission once this is granted, we look forward to reaching out to young people with the unique style we at ETA are proud of.
Effective Treatment Africa has also been extremely successful educating PreP, PeP across our social media platforms. Our Facebook now has a membership of 13000 members, most effect by HIV and Stigma.The research we gained through the Global Giving campaign has given us many highlights as to the reason Stigma is still a taboo subject. We have reached over a million people across Africa in the last year. HIV social media has never been so important.
Our online counselling service has received over 1000 cries for help. We have helped one on one through this amazing platform. Because of privacy and because people do not have to see a person or speak to a person, they find it very easy though our online service. All subjects are open for discussion and the service offers incredible latest information. It grows from strength to strength and everyday wonderful successes.
We look forward to our next report where will be able to share the first photos from the first roadshow, paid for by our wonderful Donors here on Global Giving.