This report was submitted to the UNTIL THERE’S A CURE FOUNDATION, for the two grants we received for calendar year 2008, in support of our Clinical Services Program. The two grants ($10,000 for HIV medications and $9,000 for Clinic personnel compensation) were awarded to the Friends of Picardy Drive in partnership with HIV/AIDS|Zimbabwe Charity Inc, on September 4, 2007. The grants provided support for the HIV clinics we operate in Bulawayo and Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. As explained in the report, the actual operation period covered by the grants is calendar year 2008.
We recently concluded a 7-week site visit to all of our Zimbabwe projects. Our site visit to Zimbabwe started in mid-February 2009. We sought and received permission from UNTIL to delay the submission of this 2008 report until we concluded the site-visits in Zimbabwe. This 2008 Annual Report incorporates the input from these recent site visits.
We wish to express our profound gratitude for all of your support for the two clinics we initiated and operated throughout 2008. The clinics are still ongoing. The funding you provided has resulted in direct life-saving benefits and hope for the new patients that have been enrolled into the clinics.
We are pleased that UNTIL approved two new grants for 2009, to help sustain the two clinics we initiated in 2008. Our multidisciplinary-team approach to providing HIV/AIDS clinical services has improved the health outcomes for the patients. It has also lessened the stress on the patient family units by eliminating their need to search for treatment resources, and helped keep family units together.
Again, on behalf of the patients we serve at these two clinics, we thank you for your continued support for the children and families in Zimbabwe who are struggling to cope with the severe impact of HIV/AIDS on their lives.
Should you have any questions on any aspect of this report, or our activities in Zimbabwe please feel free to contact us using the details provided at the end of the report.