The AIDS and HIV pandemic is still affecting a number of countries in Africa. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is working to help 15 countries fight the challenges they are currently facing. The Deputy Director of Impact and Learning at the foundation, Leah Odle-Benson, presented at SACPA on Thursday and said the group works extensively to end violence against women and girls. They also provide home based care to help battle HIV and AIDS.
“This work continues to be really powerful because it is that human connection piece that really is the heart of this work. Forging meaningful connections with other people and building that trust with other people so that people can feel comfortable and confident in you and your intentions. And can have a better understanding of some of the support systems that are there to facilitate their health and wellness.”
The Stephen Lewis Foundation has distributed over $134 million to 2100 projects.