Agatha Dodo visited Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Luton to speak to supporters there about the situation in Zimbabwe.
She spoke about CAFOD’s work with those living with HIV and AIDS in this troubled land. She emphasised the importance of education helping people understand how this killer disease is transmitted and helping them to understand the need to change their behaviour. To be prepared to talk about the risks with others, to recognise the importance of being faithful, and to challenge some of the traditions which make people vulnerable to the pandemic.
She also explained how important a healthy diet was for those who have contracted the virus and who are now receiving Anti-Retro-Viral medicines (ARVs). In a country riven with drought, where food, particularly fruit and vegetables, are in short supply, maintaining a healthy diet can be very difficult. Alongside its education programme, CAFOD provides a confidential testing service, including door to door testing in some areas. CAFOD also provides food supplements for those who carry the virus and are taking the ARVs.
Agatha was warmly welcomed by those who heard here. She is pictured here with members of the CAFOD Group.