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Poverty Alleviation 

 
 
 
 
Over the course of the last 2 years, the services which were previously provided by CARe under the umbrella of Income Generation have transitioned into a more inclusive service department known as Poverty Alleviation & Nutrition. 

 

The Poverty Alleviation branch of this newly restructured unit functions in much the same way as the Income Generation programme has in previous years. Focusing on creating sustainable income for people living with HIV, clients involved in the Poverty Alleviation programme learn skills relevant to the South African market economy.   This proficiency can be parlayed into a monthly financial return able to benefit clients and their families.
Opportunities for training exist in the areas of catering, beadwork design, sewing, food gardening and car washing. The skills taught to clients are comprehensive and include forums in which the learners can showcase their talents. Catering students provide their services for CARe training sessions, administration meetings and the annual End of Year event. Clients learning to create beaded artwork have completed large orders of AIDS ribbons for companies including Beadworks and Eskom, made bracelets for Rhythm City, designed jewellery and created stunning beaded curtains for local hotels.

 

Nutrition

Nutritional programming has been an area of exciting growth potential for Community AIDS Response in 2009. Incorporated into individual health consultations, monthly community health sessions and support group curriculum, the important roles that nutrition and exercise play in the health and wellbeing of those living with HIV has been addressed in ways that are applicable and can be easily implemented. 
Information regarding balanced nutrition is also provided to those who attend group sessions hosted on a monthly basis at the Wellness Centre and Central Methodist Church. During these sessions, clients are given practical ways of maintaining cost effective nutrition for themselves and their families. In addition, suggestions are provided for how some of the side effects of ARV medications can be mitigated through simple dietary changes. Regular participants in the monthly nutrition sessions are given the opportunity to take part in competitions in which they create posters relating to nutrition that are then presented to the group, building public speaking and communication skills. 
Support groups are also an important platform for providing clients with nutritional health resources. In maternal support group settings, the primary focus of nutritional information surrounds preventing transmission of HIV from mother to child through exclusive feeding. Mothers are given the tools to keep their children healthy in ways that are safe and feasible based on the conditions in which they live. ARV adherence support group members are provided with nutritional supplements and information related to the importance of nutrition throughout the course of HIV treatment.
Many CARe clients live in the direst poverty with no regular food. Their poor diets make them vulnerable to opportunistic infections. CARe provides the nutritional supplement E-Pap to many clients who lack reliable access to food.
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