A nurse from the Bonaero Park Municipal Clinic explains the foundation of a healthy lifestyle – Photo: LUCSA/Kristen Opalinski

6/12/2013 Johannesburg, South Africa
Each year the world comes together to commemorate World AIDS Day on 1 December. 

After three decades of pain and suffering throughout Southern Africa and the world we are seeing a promising light at the end of the tunnel. Massive leaps forward in both access and quality of anti-retro viral medication over the past few years has helped to usher in a new era of hope in the fight against this disease. Patients are literally being brought back from the edge of death to live healthy, full lives. And while there is promise of an HIV vaccine in the not too distant future the need for continued education and vigilance is needed.

In John 10:10 Jesus explains “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” HIV & AIDS comes like a thief in the night to rob and steal the life of its victim. By the grace of God we have seen this thief’s ability to bring harm greatly reduced. At the forefront of this vigilance is the need to live the healthiest life possible. Diet, exercise, spiritual development, and making healthy choices are all important pillars to ensure we live the best possible lives.

To commemorate World AIDS Day 2013 LUCSA’s HIV & AIDS Desk organized a community health day at the Lutheran Centre. Staff from the Bonaero Park Municipal Clinic spent the day at the Lutheran Centre, joining the community in an HIV & AIDS based liturgy. In addition to the service members of the clinic also offered medical screenings for free to over 30 community members. Screenings included blood pressure, glucose, body masse index (BMI), HIV testing, and male and female specific screenings.

Venah Mzezewa summed up the day’s events, “It was an opportunity to share as a group, learn from one another and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world by promoting safe and healthy lifestyles.”