RESKU International

 

Why We Help

RESKU International Strives to Serve

There is a truthful story in the Bible that describes a time when the Children of Israel, God's chosen people were in a battle against evil men. When their leader, Moses, lifted the staff of God in his hands, the Israelites were winning, but when he grew tired and lowered his hands, the enemies were winning. So, Aaron and Hur, Moses' helpers, stood on each side of Moses and held up his hands so that the battle could be won. In time, the Israelites prevailed (Exodus 17:8-12).

RESKU International desires to be like Aaron and Hur. We are in a battle against the evils of HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and hurt. We are standing with our partners and helping them to accomplish their God-given tasks. RESKU International is based in the USA. Most of their work takes place in South Africa through the work of The Seed of Hope in Bhekulwandle, KwaZulu-Natal, in Canada through the work of CAIRD, and in the US through the work of Holiness Missions to America, based in a number of cities. RESKU International strives to serve others through fundraising and volunteer efforts.

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Can you imagine if 40% of the people you know in the 15-49 age bracket were HIV positive? What hope would they have for a future? It would be easy to become reckless with their lives.

A young Bhekulwandle girl was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” She answered, “Well, if I grow up, I want to be….” It was shocking to hear that mindset…IF I grow up... This is very sad, yet our help is making a difference in the lives of many people who otherwise might have died alone or given up the fight for life.

We invite you to join with us to provide help and hope to those in Bhekulwandle and the surrounding communities of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 


Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don't stand back and let them die. 
                                                                                                             Proverbs 24:11

Statistics

  • An estimated 5.6 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2011, the highest number of people in any country.      
  • In the same year, 270,190 South Africans died of AIDS-related causes.    
  • Although this number reflects the huge amount of lives that the country has lost to AIDS over the past three decades, it is 100,000 fewer deaths than in 2001, demonstrating the many lives that have been saved through a massive scale-up of treatment in the last few years.    
  • Although the history of the HIV response in South Africa has been seriously impeded by leaders who doubted the science behind AIDS and antiretrovirals (ARVs), in the last few years the country has become home to the world's biggest program of HIV treatment, and the country's life-expectancy has gained five years.    
  • HIV prevalence is 17.3 percent among the general population, but varies a great deal by region.

  • In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the region with the highest prevalence, just under 40 percent of 15-49 year-olds are living with HIV    
  • The level at which someone begins antiretroviral therapy has a great impact on their chances of responding well to treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends that all countries, including those that are poorly resourced, begin treatment at a CD4 count of <350 cells/mm3 In 2011, the government amended treatment guidelines so that treatment is initiated at a cell count of <350 cells/mm3. This was a hugely positive step towards universal access to treatment in South Africa (Avert.Org: http://www.avert.org/aidssouthafrica.htm#contentTable5). [Patients in KZN were previously started on ARVs when they reached a CD4 count of <200 cells/ mm3]    
  • For antiretroviral therapy (ART) to work, patients must adhere to a daily regimen of ARVs for life. Interrupting treatment can result in HIV becoming drug resistant, making first-line therapy no longer effective. Therefore, keeping patients on treatment programs is imperative and the rise in patients failing to follow up their ART after 36 months is particularly worrying (Avert.Org).

 
South Africa Statistics from www.Avert.org

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