Act against Aids

Annual Report: “We will continue to master these challenges”

Sabine Lüthy chose a picture to reflect on last year for our annual report. She decided on a photo from our entrance where all patients, staff and visitors underwent a health check. She is impressed how we have managed to accompany our patients safely through this difficult time thanks to our staff and donors.

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Disinfect your hands! Last year Newlands Clinic was quick to adopt the global hygiene protocol as part of its daily routine. Anyone entering the clinic has to undergo a health check first. In conjunction with all the other safety measures, the strict hygiene regime has paid off. So far, not one infection with the coronavirus occurred on the clinic site. However, given the extremely cramped homes in which people live, few are able to protect themselves sufficiently. With lives dominated by day-to-day worries such as hunger and domestic strife, the pandemic is another major burden in extremely precarious circumstances. The lockdown measures also brought informal commerce partially to a standstill, depriving many people of a living. There is only very limited medical assistance available to anyone contracting Covid-19, as few people can afford treatment or a stay in hospital. So, we are particularly happy to report that Newlands Clinic was always able to provide basic medical care. This is so important because an interruption in therapy can lead to an outbreak of disease or dangerous resistance. So far, we have managed to accompany our patients safely through this difficult time, and we will continue to master these challenges in the months to come. This is only possible thanks to you, our partners, donors, and friends. For your trust and highly appreciated support, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Read more in our Annual Report 2020.