Hearts of Hope and HIV/AIDS

The founders of Hearts of Hope started as volunteers in 1997, in a children’s home looking after HIV positive children. Back then, access to anti-retroviral therapy was very limited, and a number of the children who they cared for died due to lack of treatment. This was a catalyst for them to do more, driven by the thought “This cannot be right. We cannot do nothing.” Now, all our HIV positive children have been provided with excellent treatment in a loving home environment, and currently have an undetectable viral load. This is due to our strict protocol regarding adherence to treatment, ongoing immune booster support and high quality dietary content.

HIV pandemic – the battle is not over

The 3.7 million orphans in SA is projected to be 5.5 million by 2015


45 Words You Should Know: HIV/AIDS

SA is winning HIV war on a number of fronts

May 2 2014 at 11:17am

Cape Town – Dr Olive Shisana, principal researcher on the national HIV survey that was released by the Human Sciences Research Council in April, has highlighted prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) as one of the fronts on which the country is winning in the complicated war against HIV and Aids.

South Africa’s efforts have fallen within the goals of the global community which, according to the WHO, “committed itself to accelerate progress for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission with the goal to eliminate new paediatric HIV infections by 2015 and improve maternal, newborn and child survival and health in the context of HIV”. 

The loss of a parent not only has an immense emotional impact on children but for most families can spell financial hardship. One survey on HIV’s impact on households found that, “80 percent of the sample would lose more than half their per capita income with the death of the highest income earner, suggesting a lingering and debilitating shock of deathCollins DL et al (2007, November), ‘The financial impact of HIV/AIDS on poor households in South Africa’, AIDS 21 Suppl 7

South Africa’s top 7 challenges in the next 20 years

Apr 23 2014 8:06AM

A decade ago policies helped bring down HIV infection rates by a third. But South Africa still has more than six million people living with the virus — the largest number in the world — and data show the infection rate is ticking up again.

Africa: South Africa Must Step Up HIV Prevention – Report

2 April 2014
  • While South Africa is on the right track when it comes to HIV treatment, testing and prevention of mother-to-child transmission, the country needs to step up its prevention efforts in order to curb the high rate of new HIV infections, according to the latest report on national HIV prevalence, incidence and behaviour.
  • Released in Pretoria on Tuesday by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, the South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey 2012 found that an estimated 6.4-million South Africans were living with HIV/Aids in 2012.
  • This represented an increase in the country’s estimated overall prevalence of HIV from 10.6% in 2008 to 12.2% in 2012. And with over 400 000 new HIV infections occurring in 2012, South Africa ranks first for HIV incidence in the world

Things are improving but we are not out of the woods