Sir Brian Bell Foundation Supports Anglicare PNG with K 200 000.00 to address HIV/AIDs.

The Sir Brian Bell Foundation has made a generous commitment to support the ongoing work of Anglicare PNG in the fight against HIV/AIDS in PNG. The funding is timely as there is a funding shift by the donors and with the generous donation from the Sir Brian Bell Foundation, Anglicare PNG can continue to help their current 1000+ patients who are on lifelong treatment and who will need a continuum of care and support through treatment after testing. A proven fact is that early detection & continued treatment can lead to an extended lifespan.

The generous donation will directly benefit the beneficiaries in these areas;

DROP IN CENTER (DIC)
Through this donation the DIC will be able to open more days in the week for nutritional feeding for clients that are very sick and under nourished.

Orphaned children, widows, couples and that are rejected by families registered at DIC will also be able to increase from the current number of 60 now registered.

Currently working on a budget of K600.00 per week however the donation will enable more clients to seek nutritional meals on a more regular basis as well as seek out additional counselling from the Anglicare PNG expert staff on site.

The donation will enable the continuation of home client visits where clients are visited at home or hospital every Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays with hygiene products for those who cannot afford it.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

This service is provided at Begabari clinic where all the newly confirmed HIV positive Clients, transferred in clients and referred clients from other facilities are registered for Positive living counselling, ART Adherence session, Nutrition / Hygiene, Risk Reduction, Safe sex and Condom use, Spiritual counselling, Stress and Depressing, Stigma and Discrimination, Discordant Couple one is negative or Concordant Couple counselling both positive.

SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

This funding will also support areas where it is needed to utilize for the maximum benefit of the 1000+ registered clients.

The late Sir Brian Bell was a pioneering champion to the response against HIV/AIDs, with prior support to AngliCARE Stop Aids then and now AngliCARE PNG. This latest donation is a commitment to Anglicare PNG Inc as the late Sir Brian Bell’s express wish.

Sir Brian Bell who went on to build a successful Business empire in Papua New Guinea never gave up on the responsibility of giving back to the people of Papua New Guinea.

With this latest donation from the Sir Brian Bell Foundation, Sir Brian’s legacy will continue on in the fight against HIV/AIDS in PNG.

Anglicare Foundation Chairman Sir Kostas Constantinou, OBE in receiving the donation from Sir Brian Bell Foundation CEO, Bronwyn Wright in the presence of Anglicare PNG Staff & Sir Brian Bell Family mentioned how excited he was to see Sir Brian’s commitment to the people of PNG be carried on and how this donation would have such a positive impact on so many Papuan New Guineans.

Sir Kostas went onto say he was extremely grateful on behalf of the Anglicare Foundation & Anglicare PNG for the commitment being shown by the Sir Brian Bell Foundation in their social and community responsibility.

Sir Brian Bell Foundation CEO Bronwyn Wright mentioned that it had been an express wish of Sir Brian to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS in PNG and how during her tour of the Begabari Clinic at Anglicare Waigani she had been moved by the wonderful work being carried out by Anglicare PNG.

This donation is critical in ensuring Sir Brian’s legacy, through the Sir Brian Bell Foundation, carries on and the Foundation invites other PNG long term companies to become actively involved. HIV/AIDS is a real issue in PNG and impacts on all our staff who are connected in some way to it.

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About Anglicare PNG Inc

Anglicare is a National NGO started in Port Moresby and now has establishments in Popondetta, Morobe, Mt. Hagen and Wabag. We also cover nearby provinces like Central and Gulf in our work. The Anglican Diocese of Port Moresby initiated to establish originally called Anglicare StopAIDS PNG (and then changed to Anglicare PNG Inc in 2010 to show the national approach) as a Church response to the growing concern of the rising HIV and AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Papua New Guinea. The concern was not limited to raising awareness, educating, counselling and testing, but to offer care, support, and treatment for the infected and affected due to the high prevalence of stigma and discrimination. Anglicare was established in January 2000 from very humble beginnings by two female expatriates in Port Moresby, Kay Nicol and late Jeannette Southwell, and was incorporated in October of 2002. Anglicare has continued to grow in size due to the securing of Donor funding from a number of organisations over the years and the requests from the communities for services and training in relation to HIV and AIDS. People want to be informed of the changes occurring in their world, but need others to give them accurate information on the things that affect and contribute to the changes. This is where in the past Anglicare had built a reputation of ‘working in the community’ and reaching out to the grass roots people in the isolated areas. The organisation has been instrumental in encouraging more women to participate in decision making and supported them in care development training over the years. The programs and activities have also highlighted many of the gender related issues that women have been dealing with.
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