Second in the world for concentration of the disease.
More than 5 million people in South Africa have HIV or AIDS, making the country the second in the world for concentration of the disease. Millions of children have become orphans after the disease took one or both of their parents.
The extreme susceptibility to this fatal disease makes impoverished living conditions even harder to overcome—the sicker the individuals, the less likely income can be generated to support themselves or their familes. It is estimated that half of the people living in South Africa live below the poverty line.
Islamic Relief South Africa opened its office in 2003 to implement and oversee education and health programs that would alleviate suffering due poverty and to help children affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Construction of Oncology ward for Nelson Mandela Hospital
- Sponsored the construction of a complete oncology ward in Johannesburg as part of the Nelson Mandela Children’s health
- Aimed to improve to the treatment of cancer in children in the Gauteng province and to subsequently improve child mortality rates