D.R.E.A.M. (Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means) works to stem the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. By establishing small health centers in rural areas D.R.E.A.M. overcomes the economic and transportation barriers faced by local communities. Current programs provide services in 46 community health centers in Sub-Saharan Africa, ten of which are located in Kenya. One of these centers has been created in partnership with New Hope – AINA and provides services to the children of the home, school, and local Meru community.
March to the Top works with D.R.E.A.M. to provide medication and healthcare to the residents of New Hope – AINA. The center also provides services to the greater community, providing medication, treatment and supplemental food to individuals with HIV. Working in close collaboration with D.R.E.A.M. staff, New Hope – AINA nurses provide comprehensive services to the children and local community.
WHY IT MATTERS
There are currently over thirty-six million individuals infected with HIV globally; twenty-five million of which are in Africa. Approximately 1.6 million people in Kenya are living with HIV making it one of the six “high burden” countries in Africa. Although the government provides antiretroviral medications, they are unable to provide the clinical services necessary to diagnose infection, distribute medication or provide auxiliary services to patients in need. Through our partnership with D.R.E.A.M., March to the Top works to close that gap.
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”