Psychosocial services - Ruedi Lüthy Foundation


Psychosocial services

Helping patients to help themselves

Our patients have to contend with a range of different problems, and also suffer from the fact that HIV/Aids is a taboo disease. By providing psychosocial services specifically aimed at children, adolescents and adults living with HIV, we want to empower them to deal with these issues.

Workshops and therapy

With individual support, group therapy and moderated self-help groups, we help our patients to see prospects for their future once again. These services are aimed in particular at target groups such as adolescents, young mothers, and patients at risk of treatment failure.

Adolescent Corner

Our Adolescent Corner gives young patients a place where they can meet and get advice from peer counsellors. Issues such as stigmatization and adherence problems are commonplace, and hearing others relate similar stories can help young people to cope with their status and find a way to deal with difficult life situations.

Schooling for all

It is especially important for us to ensure that all of the children treated at Newlands Clinic can go to school. After all, education is essential for a better life. We cover the school fees for orphans and particularly poor families. Currently, we pay the school fees of around 180 children per term.

Vocational skills training

With unemployment in excess of 80%, young HIV-positive people have hardly any chance of finding a job. Over the past years we have worked closely together with Africaid Zvandiri to give around some 170 patients aged between 18 and 23 the opportunity to train to become hairdressers, tailors or bakers, and to set up their own business. Currently, 25 young patients are trained.

The fight against hunger

Because of a severe drought in 2015/2016, a high number of our patients are suffering from hunger. We provide nutritional support to families, and are also helping people who have land available to them to feed themselves with efficient maize farming. By handing out milk powder financed by SDC and a special type of porridge, we ensure that children can develop properly and that patients can recover quickly.