COVID-19 Affects GAIA’s Fight against HIV/AIDS

The elderly received sanitary facilities to reduce COVID-19 risk The elderly received sanitary facilities to reduce COVID-19 risk pic by Hastings Jimani

The Global Aids Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) says the COVID-19 pandemic has affected its core activity of fighting against HIV/AIDS.

Speaking on Friday when the organization continued distributing COVID-19 sanitary materials to the elderly under a K45 million “reach the elderly with sanitary items” project in Mulanje, GAIA Country Director Joyce Jere said the pandemic has affected its budget and operations.

“Studies have revealed that the elderly are among most vulnerable groups to coronavirus, as such there is need to provide them with sanitary materials to reduce the risks,” said Jere.

The project targets 10, 000 elderly headed households in the district.

Mary Mminga from Kumponda village in T/A Chikumbu who was among the recipients of sanitary items thanked GAIA for considering the high risk of the elderly to coronavirus.

“We will use these items as advised and I urge my fellow grandparents that we should not sell anything we have received here as doing so will mean killing ourselves,” said Mminga.

The items distributed included soap, buckets and facecloth masks.

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