SAFE PROJECTS & PARTNERS

 
 
  • In 2001-2002, SAFE helped lobby the government of Zimbabwe for the right to import less expensive, generic antiretroviral medications into the country so that treatment could be made available to more people. The government granted this right in 2003.
     
  • In June and July of 2002, SAFE funded a public awareness radio campaign featuring a popular Zimbabwe entertainer, Oliver Mtukudzi. The radio spots were designed to educate the public about ways to avoid becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. ( The radio spots can be heard on SAFE's home page )
     
  • In 2003 - 2004, SAFE provided medicine for the first approved treatment protocol of 20 AIDS mothers (and a few fathers) in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. These women had already participated in a Mother-To-Child Transmission program which was extremely successful – over 90% of the babies were born HIV negative. SAFE partnered with the University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Project), Doctors Without Borders and Stanford University in providing the medicine to 20 of an initial group of 120 (later to grow to 300), so they will be able to live and raise their newborn children.  SAFE purchased shipments of antiretroviral medicines from Cipla Ltd, a major generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in India. Treatment in Chitungwiza began in June 2003 and the recipients have responded very well to the medicine.
     
  • In 2004, SAFE purchased and donated computer equipment to help support a newly established Pediatric AIDS clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe.
     
  • In 2006, SAFE began lengthy negotiations with the Zimbabwe Salvation Army and the government hospital in Karoi, Zimbabwe (southeast of Victoria Falls) to provide anti-retroviral medicines for residents of Karoi and residents of a rural community called Nyamutora. A three-party cooperation agreement was agreed upon in 2006 but medicine was not able to be purchased and delivered until 2007. From 2007 through the present, SAFE has provided various shipments of medicine for rural villagers in Nyamutora. When hyperinflation made it too expensive for villagers to take the bus to the hospital, SAFE provided fuel and the Salvation Army provided a vehicle to transport them.
     
  • In 2007, SAFE initiated a pilot micro-credit project, together with the Zambuko Trust, for members of the Batanai AIDS support group in Chitungwiza. The Batanai support group consisted of people who received AIDS medicines from SAFE and other donors beginning in 2003. SAFE believes the HIV/AIDS tragedy in Zimbabwe requires a more holistic approach to deal with the multi-faceted problems caused by HIV/AIDS and micro loans to families living with HIV/AIDS is part of the solution. This tailor-made HIV/AIDS
    micro-credit program was suspended in 2007 because of inflation in
    Zimbabwe reaching over 2 million percent per annum
  • In 2010, SAFE reacted to an outbreak of Cholera in Zimbabwe by
    providing emergency water purification tablets to women and children
    enabling them to purify thousands of liters of drinking water and help
    thwart the spread of this deadly disease.
  • In 2012, SAFE donated a variety of badly needed items (toothbrushes,
    toothpaste, blankets and even a male pig!) to AIDS orphans in
    Zimbabwe.
  • In 2012, SAFE also began negotiating with its local partner to restart
    the micro-credit program for the Batanai HIV/AIDS Support Group.
  • In the summer of 2012, SAFE agreed to help rebore the Nyamutora village's well in order to provide drinking water to enable the villagers to take their daily life-saving medicines.
  • In 2013-2015, SAFE in partnership with the African Institute of Biomedical Science & Technology (AiBST), arranged and funded a critical research project for HIV/AIDS patients in Nyamutora Village (Karoi District,Zimbabwe). Goals included further enhancing the treatment of Nyamutora villagers (who SAFE has assisted since 2007) and creating a low-cost treatment model which might be utilzed by other HIV/AIDS patients elseware. Safe has been the sole sponsor of this research aimed at demonstrating the feasability of integrating molecular diagnostics in the treatment and monitoring of HIV/AIDS patients in remote rural settings.
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