Preventable and curable diseases claim millions of lives. SolidarMed strengthens prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
High risk of infectious diseases
More people die from tuberculosis, malaria or HIV in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world. And nowhere else do so many people live in poverty, partly because illness prevents them from working.
More than half of all people who have tested HIV-positive live in eastern and southern Africa. 19 million people, according to UNAIDS. Despite enormous progress in prevention and treatment, in 2017 alone, around 800 000 people in this region were newly infected with the virus. Over 90 percent of all malaria victims are also from sub-Saharan Africa. Most of them are infants.
Protecting people, treating patients
SolidarMed supports health facilities so that they can offer life-saving HIV care. This includes HIV testing and counselling, lifelong antiretroviral treatment for adults and children and treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
SolidarMed raises awareness among the population on how to protect themselves from preventable infectious diseases. As pregnant women are particularly at risk, they are tested for diseases as part of their antenatal care and receive a mosquito net to protect them against malaria.
«My daughter has HIV, but she's on medication. Thanks to SolidarMed, HIV positive children can also survive here in Ancuabe.»
Binte Saide, mother from Ancuabe, Mozambique
The new threat of chronic diseases
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030, more people in Africa will die from chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes than from HIV, tuberculosis or malaria. Scarce resources and few strategies to control chronic diseases are challenging countries in southern Africa. SolidarMed offers support.
SolidarMed projects to combat diseases
Combating HIV in the highlands of Lesotho, fighting malaria in Mozambique, or managing chronic diseases in Zimbabwe.