Act against Aids

Annual Report: Highlights and great engagement

Our CEO Sabine Lüthy looks back onto our year of 2021. The unbroken and generous support from Switzerland made her especially grateful.

Last year we celebrated my father Ruedi Lüthy’s 80th birthday. It was a wonderful and moving occasion for us all. Many media reported on his efforts for people living with HIV/Aids in Switzerland and in Zimbabwe, which gave us a great opportunity to let the public have an insight into our work. Only a month after that came another highlight, when the Board of Trustees appointed Manuel Sager as a new member. As the former directorgeneral of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), his expertise in development cooperation and international relations is a great addition to the Board of Trustees. ‹I find the project persuasive, especially from a development perspective,› said Manuel Sager on his appointment. ‹The foundation has a holistic approach to treating people with HIV, and thanks to its training concept it also promotes local medical knowledge.› About promoting knowledge, in autumn we reached another milestone when our training centre celebrated its 10th anniversary (more starting on p. 12). Over those years, we’ve trained more than 7,000 doctors and nurses from Zimbabwe and the surrounding countries. Last year alone, despite the coronavirus pandemic, we were able to share our knowledge of HIV with over 1,500 health professionals. A big thank you goes to our training team for their engagement (more starting on p. 8). I’m very relieved and glad that we managed to see out this turbulent year of coronavirus successfully. Everything that Newlands Clinic does is only possible thanks to generous, unbroken support from Switzerland. I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your trust and help.