Paige Claassen wrote -
Enter to WIN a Marmot Traillight 2 person tent by EITHER donating $27 or more to any of our 12 organizations OR starting a fundraiser and raising at least $75. One winner per month.
We know, South Africa is not part of Australia. But while in South Africa, we were able to visit a Pathfinder supported clinic. With Pathfinder's roots in Australia, we decided to fundraise for them during our month in Australia!
With a population of over 50 million people, South Africa has the fourth-largest population in sub-Saharan African. It is also a country suffering from a devastating HIV and AIDS epidemic, in which heterosexual sex is the predominant mode of HIV transmission, followed by mother-to-child transmission. Today, HIV prevalence is 17.8 percent, with young people and women bearing the burden of infection across South Africa's nine provinces. And while people are generally knowledgeable about HIV prevention, the high incidence and prevalence rate indicate a significant need for more effective evidence-based strategies-particularly those that target young people.
Since 1996, Pathfinder has worked in South Africa, implementing a broad range of programs and building relationships with community groups and district and provincial departments of the government. Today, Pathfinder focuses on contributing to the reduction of HIV infection rates of South African youth aged 15-24 years and reducing mother-to-child transmission among young HIV-positive mothers.