HIV and Bereavement´┐╝

The population that Ekupholeni is servicing is estimated at 700,000 with approximately 51% being female. Life expectancy at birth is estimated to be 62.4 years (65.1 years for females; 57.7 years for males) while the infant mortality rate is 33.7 per 1,000 live births. In 2016, the HIV disease burden was at 300,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV). The majority (55-60%) of HIV-infected adults are women. Black women aged 25-34 years have the highest prevalence, at 31.6%, and highest incidence, at 4.54 percent. The number of new HIV infections remains high, with an estimated 1000 new HIV infections in 2016, with these new infections disproportionately higher among adolescent girls and young women. Millions of additional children reside with a parent who is living with HIV.4 These OVCs are at elevated risk of HIV infection due to perinatal transmission and a higher prevalence of sexual risk behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood. OVCs and adolescents are more likely to experience abuse (including GBV), psychological distress, reduced educational opportunities, stigma, and greater sexual risk behaviors, all of which contribute to elevated HIV risk.
In light of the above, Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma Centre, renders preventative services that are aimed to promote the reduction of new HIV and AIDS infection through social behavior change and also provide early intervention services to key population and people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The organization also renders alternative Care / Reconstruction and After Care in a form of bereavement services and number of support groups that support people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.