MISSION

We are committed to provide professional care service to the PLHIV to strengthen their self-care ability, build up their self-confidence and vision of positive living, so as to facilitate their full community reintegration.

OBJECTIVE

To advocate for PLHIV on their rights to have quality of life and rights to be respected.
To collaborate with and to empower partners including community groups or individuals to develop integrated sustainable HIV/AIDS programs on care and prevention.
To provide resources and support for partners in implementing HIV/AIDS programs on care and prevention.

Milestones

  • 1994

    The Society for AIDS Care was established

  • 1995

    The Home Care Service commenced by a group of professional nurses

  • 1996

    The government leased the Tai Po Lookout to SAC

  • 1997

    Provision of hospice care service to the terminally ill patients at Lookout Residential Care Centre

  • 1999

    Rehabilitation Service has commenced since 1999 to improve or maintain PLHIV’s physical abilities and enabling them to develop a better quality of life and a better preparation for community re-integration

  • 2000

    Closure of Lookout and transformed our center based rehabilitation center in Kowloon

Milestones

  • 2001

    Implemented “Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Program”, the only charitable organization to provide this service in Hong Kong.

  • 2003

    Moved the Day Centre to Mongkok which is a safe and cozy place where the PLHIV could feel free to visit, use the facilities and join the therapeutic programs.

  • 2004

    Set up Community Fundraising Team and help to promote community acceptance and AIDS related information & education in the community

  • 2006
    • Launched the Home Base Counseling Service
    • Launched HK-China AIDS Training Program
  • 2008

    Set-up Food Bank at Day Centre

  • 2010

    Launched a new school program “HEY!” (HIV/AIDS Education for Youth) for teenagers

Milestones

  • 2011
    • Dr. Andrew Yuen and Ms. Caroline Wong joined SAC as Board Directors Through our Mother-to Child Transmission Intervention Program, there were six babies born HIV free in that year. Took part in the “F2F Monthly Giving Alliance” with 19 local organizations to increase transparency of street face-to-face fund raising activity. All projects submitted for Lee Ka Shing Foundation “Love Ideas HK Programme” were successfully funded in which “Love@Nutritional Meals” was awarded by Mr. Lee Ka Shing personally for an extra double grant. Collaborated the Social Work Students Placement Training Program with School of Public Affairs, Henan Normal University.
  • 2012
    • Since 2001, SAC experienced a 100% success rate in terms of prevention with a total of 30 babies born free of HIV today. To commemorate World AIDS Day, SAC invited over 6,000 people from different sectors of the community to take photo with the message “We do not discriminate against people living with HIV/AIDS” on a red ribbon to show their support.
  • 2013
    • Granted free air time for our newly produced TV commercial from the Government Announcements in the Public Interest this year. With “invisible masks” as the theme, it aims to arouse public awareness on HIV transmission and to promote the acceptance of PLHIV. Produced a radio program through the Community Involvement Broadcasting Program of Radio Television Hong Kong introducing AIDS facts and developments to alleviate common misconceptions and misunderstanding. Kicked off the “Giving Love Campaign” in which a year round “Milk Milk Saving Bank” promotion campaign was launched for public to donate their spare changes and show their acceptance and support to people living with HIV/AIDS. Media interviews were conducted at the Day Center including newspaper coverage of a HIV positive mother who gave birth to a HIV free baby and a single father who takes care of his HIV positive son solely for 20 years. The touching stories attracted a lot of positive comments. A NowTV medical documentary covering the late stage of AIDS patients to provide public with better understanding of HIV care service in Hong Kong and the importance of maintaining good health through our holistic care model for our patients. We hoped the Government would expand more resources funding for the direct patient services. Organized school talks on HIV/AIDS to raise students’ concern and awareness

Milestones

  • 2014
    • 20th Anniversary of The Society for AIDS Care M.A.C AIDS Fund donated HK$500,000 to support activities of World AIDS Day 2014 Assisted 32 HIV positive mothers to give birth to HIV free babies and maintained 100% success rate Launched the Bread Sharing Program with Foodlink A new mainland-based AIDS children program was launched in collaboration with the Guangxi Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The center mainly takes care of children with AIDS.
  • 2015
    • Held the first “Superhero Run” at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Launched the “Red! Yellow! Green! We Grow! Adolescent-oriented Life Skill Education Program for local secondary school students A new program “Male Sexual Health” has been initiated which aim at enhancing awareness on safer sex and cultivate friendly sexual health environment for men having sex with men community. PLHIV Health Survey Press Conference was held to explain the consequences of delayed treatment and an AIDS patient was present to share his painful story of permanent disability due to delayed treatment. Launched the China-HK AIDS Professional Exchange Program Launched the Guangxi Family Trip
  • 2016
    • The New Women Phone-in Hotline and Free HIV Testing Service was established. Enquiries are handled by our registered nurses and social workers. Joined the first Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2016 as supporting organization held in Hong Kong
  • 2017
    • Ms. Clara Ingen-Housz and Mr. Marcel Thoma joined SAC as Board Directors
      Joined the second Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2017 in Hong Kong as supporting organization again
      Help to rebuild a larger water pump for the Sunflower Orphan Centre in Cambodia
      Launched the newly designed website
      Participated in HSBC Hong Kong Community Partnership Programme and the HSBC Community Festival

Milestones

  • 2018
    • Launched Women Phone-in Hotline and Free HIV and Syphilis Testing Service
    • Launched the handmade “Kimmy” doll for our Cambodia Project, raising fund to support our service in Cambodia
    • Christmas tree auction organized by The Upper House had raised HK130,000 donation for SAC
    • Sponsored by M。A。C AIDS Fund, SAC organized the “Love and Care。Join Together” Art Exhibition
    • Joined the third Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2018 in Hong Kong as supporting organization again
    • SAC had exchanged with several HIV organizations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August
    • SAC and KHEMARA CAMBODIA commenced a joint project in empowering high school students in sexual reproduction health education and HIV prevention
  • 2019
    • Mr. Craig Beattie and Mr. Marcus Pollard joined SAC as Board Directors
    • Community Chest Fund supporting our programme
    • Joined the fourth Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2019 in Hong Kong as supporting organization again
    • Supporting The 3rd ASIA PACIFIC HIV CLINICAL FORUM in Hong Kong as meeting endorser
    • Continue our partnership with KHEMARA Cambodia and commenced another 12-month joint school project, "Love With Care School Project"
    • Kick off launch of our "Know More about AIDS" animation at World AIDS Day roadshow event in November
    • Successfully applied for government's Announcements in Public Interests (API), broadcasted our new animation in all free-to-air television network in Hong Kong
  • 2020
    • Launching our first AIDS Pre-Walk Party at The Upper House in January
    • Support The fifth Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference 2020 and The 4th ASIA PACIFIC HIV CLINICAL FORUM in Bangkok

Message from CEO

Forty years since the first case of AIDS was reported, professionals around the world has proven that ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat is possible to be achieved. Much progress has been made in understanding the disease. With decades of experience and medical breakthroughs, evidences show that HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV infection, and result in viral load suppression which prevents the spread of HIV. Nevertheless, inequalities in the HIV/AIDS response remain stark and persistent. In view of this drawback, the new Global AIDS Strategy (2021–2026) from UNAIDS seeks to reduce the inequalities that drive the AIDS epidemic and put people at the centre to get the world on-track to end AIDS by 2030. To echo with the new strategy, we continued to stand firm on the mission to provide high quality direct patient care services and launched a new promotional campaign to emphasize the importance of HIV/AIDS acceptance through our digital platforms and MTR advertisements.

A year after COVID-19 pandemic has declared, we have adopted new ways of providing services to our patients. Instead of organising group activities, our professional team provided individual consultations through outreach home visit, telephones and virtual face to face meetings. Additional food, nutrition and hygiene supports were given to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) families and frail PLHIV. Such kind of provision can enhance their nutrition and tangible support, which can make PLHIV strong enough to fight for the disease and COVID-19 pandemic so as leading to a better quality of life. The 24-hour nurses hotline remained open to assist any patients who might need to consult about medication intake and support from our team. Besides, our professional team including social workers, physiotherapist and counsellors have been working continuously to bring improvements in patient’s overall abilities. Clients who received our physiotherapy service both in our fully equipped SAC Day Centre and on outreach-based showed significant improvement in pain level, muscle strength, mobility and functional improvement.

Since 1994, the SAC Centre has been performing as a safe haven for PLHIV and providing a relaxing and caring environment for our patients to participate in various activities and meet their peers. The theme in 2020-2021 was “Caring Ourselves; Fight Epidemic Together”. Different targeted therapeutic programs such as art therapy, virtual mindfulness relaxation exercises, individual fitness training and stretching exercise aiming to enhance PLHIV’s holistic health were conducted by social workers, counsellors and physiotherapist. Others enjoyed different forms of peer and seasonal small group gatherings organised. We hoped to use diversified activities and life support skills to encourage patients to be more engaged in the community, build different interests, enjoy and live a wonderful life.

Introduced in 2002, the SAC Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Program (MTCTPP) aims at eliminating HIV transmission in all new infants through the cooperation and support from doctors and nurses in hospitals and HIV clinics. Our home care nurses worked closely with the multi-disciplinary team ensuring the pregnant mother adhered to the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) prescribed in order to suppress the viral load to undetectable level. 42 healthy babies were born since the beginning of this program. The success rate is 100%.

According to UNAIDS, approximately 84% of PLHIV globally knew their HIV status in 2020 and the remaining 16% (about 6 million people) still need access to HIV testing service, which is an essential gateway to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services. Therefore, we continue to provide free HIV and syphilis testing with professional counselling to women in need. In addition, our HIV self-testing program using non-invasive oral swab aims to improve the awareness of HIV testing continued last year. The advantage for it be performed at a private place at any time becomes a new way of regular testing in demand. The program successfully reached out to 3.4 million audiences last year through our promotional poster campaign.

With the sponsorship of Gilead Science, we have organized 5 educational seminars in 2020 for our professional staff. The topics covered were "Interpersonal relationships under COVID-19 Epidemic", Latest Developments in AIDS Treatment", "Drug-drug Interactions", "Dancing with the Chronically Illness" and "Secrets of Healthy Aging". Through the educational seminars, we were able to deliver better direct care services to our patient members, as well as to share the new medical information and trends with our members.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of our flagship school program, Mask Design Contest, and a booklet has been created to share years of winners’ art pieces with the public, in order to raise awareness for HIV prevention and eliminate misconceptions in the community. The program will continue to provide youth with good opportunities to learn about HIV and measures to protect themselves in the coming decade.

Entering its third year, our joint program with KHEMARA, Cambodia “Love with Care”, which aims to improve life quality of women and girls in the community, continues to expand in the coming year. The program has provided the much needed sexual/reproductive health and HIV education. Last year, we increased our support in COVID-19 prevention materials to distribute to students and outreach to families at home. The program has been successfully carried out and reached over 1,458 students.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting gathering of people, our annual AIDS Charity Walk continued to go virtual this year. Guests and participants were invited to design and complete the route within the designated period and place. Our special thanks to our AIDS Walk committee, T-shirt producer Simple Approach, T-Shirt designer Antoine Kruk x JOYCE, celebrities, ambassadors, key opinion leaders and sponsors making this event to its new dimension.

All of this good work cannot be overstated without the generosity from our supporters and volunteers. We are very thankful and appreciative of all donations received and we always work to be good stewards of your donations. We look forward to bringing about even greater positive change in the HIV/AIDS community in our coming years.


Alice Chan
Chief Executive Officer
Oct 2021

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