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SOUTHERN AFRICA: Volunteers help carry AIDS burden

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 28 July (PLUSNEWS) - Ordinary people are doing extraordinary things for the battle against HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, one of the world's regions hardest hit by the pandemic.

One such individual, is Winnie Mabaso, a retired nurse, who's uses her spare time as a community volunteer in the township of Finetown outside Johannesburg, South Africa.

Since moving to the township in 1999, Mabaso opened a nursery school in her backyard; enlisted 50 new volunteers and feeds 1,700 orphans and vulnerable children.

Richard Delate, the spokesperson for UNAIDS in Southern Africa, welcomed the involvement of community volunteers, especially as "the burden of the epidemic deepens, [and] the burden of care is shifts to the community."

However, the grassroots helpers, who are usually women, often find themselves running low on the resources needed to sustain their initiatives, the Christian Science Monitor reported.



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AIDS voices least heard - study,  7/May/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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