The Society for AIDS Care (SAC) and KHEMARA Cambodia have completed their joint project with enormous success last year! To continue our support in empowering students in the less developed countries in HIV care and prevention, we have commenced another 12-month joint school project, Love with Care School Project: HIV/ AIDS Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health Campaign. The project aims to increase the knowledge of HIV prevention and sexual reproductive health for school age children, in order to reduce the prevalence of HIV. Testing and counseling services will also provide to ensure all seropositive patients and those with sexual reproductive health issues can receive medical attention. The representatives of SAC and KHEMARA have signed an agreement and kicked off the project in October 2019.This year, the project will take place at two Secondary-High Schools in Tbong Khmum district, Tbong Khmum province, and in Peam Chileang, Thma Pechr, and the project will reach over 1,000 students directly.
A pilot study has been done by SAC on twenty-one participants with HIV, ages 56-84 years old. They were randomized into either the exercise group or the control group. The exercise group performed an eight-week supervised exercise program while the control group remained their usual daily activities. The Short Form 36 – Health Survey, grip strength, 30 seconds chair stand and six-minute walk test were measured as the outcomes. Our results showed that compared to the control group, the exercise group who were under supervised exercise program showed significant improvement in their physical health and reported better quality of life. In addition, this study has also been selected for a poster presentation on The third Asia Pacific Conference on AIDS and Co-infection (APACC). The study, “Chung, CH and Lou, VWQ (2019). Effects of Supervised Exercise on Physical Health and Quality of Life Among Older Adults Living With HIV in Hong Kong. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, May 14, Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000099.” has been shared online, please visit the below link for more details. https://journals.lww.com/janac/Citation/publishahead/Effects_of_Supervised_Exercise_on_Physical_Health.99931.aspx
The fourth Asia Pacific Conference on AIDS and Co-infections (APACC) was held from 27 to 29 June at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference aims to promote dissemination and successful translation of new knowledge regarding HIV and co-infections while facilitating a neutral, scientific knowledge exchange. We are honored to be one of their supporting organizations for the fourth consecutive year. Our Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Alice Chan, is pleased to receive a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Patrick Chung-Ki Li, co-chairs of APACC 2019 for our continued contribution. In addition, we have set up a booth at the venue to introduce our services and activities. Our professional team also attended the latest researches on HIV/AIDS presented by scholars at the conference.
A birthday party celebrating SAC members’ birthday between October and December was held on 19 October. During the autumn days, members took the opportunity to gather together and shared their latest news. This time, we have specially prepared Chinese birthday food including Shou Tao and Red Egg to share warmth and love with each other.
People living with HIV (PLHIV) need to continue taking multiple drugs to control the virus. In addition to the adherence to treatment, at the same time, they need to actively take care of liver and kidney function which may be affected by the side effect of the long-term treatment. The Society for AIDS Care is pleased to invite Dr Jacky Chan, Associate Consultant from Princess Margaret Hospital, to introduce the latest medical treatments for HIV infection to our members on 19 October. He also explained the common side effects of drug treatment including drug metabolism influence on liver and kidney function. Moreover, people who suffer from high blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol level will have irreversible effects on their kidney function. Dr Chan pointed out that it is important to prevent being infected by hepatitis and having fatty liver. Also, he emphasized weight control by taking healthy diet and continuous exercise can help the reverse of fatty liver. He answered members’ enquiries on the examination and health care on liver and kidney function in detail. Through this talk, we expect to encourage our members to keep on healthy living to protect their liver and kidney function from being affected by long term treatment side effects.
The Society for AIDS Care has been funded by The Community Chest for a 3-year “Mindfulness-based Mental Health Supportive Program for People Living with HIV (PLHIV)”. The Program has been launched since August 2019 and it aims at using Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Approach and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to provide outreach and centre-based counseling support, training workshops and day centre support service for people living with HIV(PLHIV) and care-givers who are isolated or depressed. Through the counseling service and therapeutic activities, PLHIV and care-givers are encouraged to explore their own internal resources and capabilities to enhance their ability in facing stress and alleviating mental distress, to develop peer support networks and strengthen their confidence in treatment adherence and integrating into the community. (This program is sponsored by The Community Chest of Hong Kong.)