Volunteer Spotlight: Project Sunshine Kenya - Tuberculosis Day
July 1, 2017
Each March, Project Sunshine Kenya volunteers organize special programming, in observation of Tuberculosis Day (TB), for HIV/AIDS affected children and families at Bomu Hospital and the greater Mombasa community. World Health Organization estimates that the risk of developing TB is between 26 and 31 times greater in people living with HIV than among those without HIV infection. Therefore, there is an acute need to raise awareness of TB prevention measures and treatment among this population.
This year forty–two volunteers came together to organize TB awareness–raising events and to show strong cohesion and support for those at–risk of this opportunistic disease. The event featured educational skits and theatrical performances on TB prevention and treatment, music, food, and creative arts activities. Project Sunshine's Kenya on–site coordinator recounts, "my most memorable moment was overhearing a kid tell one of the volunteers he had never participated in activities involving kids in such a globally important day."
Thanks to the efforts of Project Sunshine's Kenya volunteers and Bomu Hospital staff, over 250 HIV–affected children and families participated in TB Day programming. Purity Mweni, a volunteer who helped organize the event explains, "through our engagements with families and children during TB Day we show our love and passion by being there for our brothers and sisters."
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