Ramaphosa to open HIV, or­phans cen­tre

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZINE GEORGE

DEPUTY Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa will re­turn to the prov­ince this week­end to of­fi­ci­ate the un­veil­ing of a new HIV/ Aids and Or­phans Care Cen­tre in Nde­vana Vil­lage near King Wil­liam’s Town on Sun­day.

The cen­tre, named af­ter the late SABC news an­chor Vuyo Mbuli, is a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive which started 18 years ago with Mbuli’s help. His wife, Savita Mbuli, is from the same vil­lage.

It was of­fi­cially reg­is­tered as a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2002 and its main fo­cus is to ac­com­mo­date and help or­phans af­fected by HIV/Aids.

The cen­tre was re­named af­ter Mbuli fol­low­ing his death in May 2013. He was a serv­ing board mem­ber of the cen­tre at the time of his death.

The cen­tre works with care­givers for peo­ple who are on an­tiretro­vi­ral ther­apy (ART) and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) treat­ment. The cen­tre caters for 2 000 chil­dren and feeds 150 needy chil­dren daily.

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