According to the United Nations statistics of 2019 HIV/Aids is one of the mostserious health concerns in South Africa and with the country having the highestnumber of people living with HIV of any country. Additionally, South Africa hasthe fourth highest adult HIV prevalence rate.
Once considered a death sentence, HIV/Aids is now a manageablechronic disease but Covid 19 has presented some new challenges saysLebo Rapetswa, Stru Movement MD.
In Nelson Mandela Bay, the horror of covid 19 has taken a heavy toll oncommunities, with doctors at high risk of contracting and succumbing tothe virus
“I went to Motherwell in Nelson Mandela Bay this other weekend; mostpeople were not wearing their masks. It creates anxiety for people likeme. You don’t know who others have come in contact with you do yourbest to protect yourself,” says Rapetswa
Our approach this time is having the medical profession saying thank you to thebroader public for being active participants in taking their ARVs.StruMovemement will be visiting Eastern Cape hospitals and have a discussion withmanagement in the hospitals on how using their equipment can help fight the virus
“StruMovement is rooted in social advocacy and social activism, now we aregetting into that space with the medical professionals, where in the scrubs they willbe walking billboards for the HIV message and other health afflictions. Millionsare already making an effort to be healthy despite the diagnosis, we are
acknowledging those efforts,”saysRapetswa.
The HIV/Aids scrubs, worn by doctors as walking billboards, is just one of themany upcoming social advocacy campaigns by StruMovementto educate andspread awareness to broader society.
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