& ELDERLY WITH DISABILITY
HOMELESSNESS, DISABILITY & HIV
With access to life saving treatment for people living with HIV made freely available by the government of Malaysia, the disabled homeless are the few who are not eligible for treatment. This is due to the fact that easy access to the hospital and having stable and consistent living conditions are prerequisites to ensuring smooth adherence to treatment and hospital follow ups. Failure to take treatment on time, twice daily for the rest of one's life, will lead to immediate and fatal consequences - a risk that the government is not prepared to take.
In response to the shortfall of the lack of support systems in place for the treatment of HIV & AIDS among the homeless disabled, Positive Living Community provides a stable, more mobile, supportive environment which is the cornerstone to:
Accessing and adhering to treatment
Following up on hospital appointments, health monitoring and check-ups
Improving HIV-related health outcomes and reducing mortality
Preventing the spread of HIV infections
Decreasing the use of expensive emergency care and other crisis services
WE are currently RUNNING ON FULL CAPACITY
Quite a number of long term residents who are disabled have no home or family to go back to. We have six beds in our open dorm to accommodate these residents and we are currently running on full capacity. As our focus is more on hospice and palliative care the task of accommodating disabled residents who no longer require nursing care is a challenging one due to constraints in space and funds. We are keen to network with like minded social enterprises and NGO's to see how support can be given to this cohort indefinitely, and on how we can expand services to include others with similar needs.
If you are interested to know about our work, or wish to help us expand our outreach for caring for the disabled with HIV/AIDS; kindly contact Sabina Arokiam at firstname.lastname@example.org.