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SFA - New Health Centre in Cameroon - update
View the online article on SFA activities in Cameroon.

The Lauren Bayangam Health Centre opened in Cameroon. More Info

SFA - New Online Donation Facility
We have now added a facility to allow you make online donations to the charity. It is safe and secure and allows you to donate using most major credit and debit cards. Please suport us now and make a donation!!. More Info

View the article on SFA activities on the Empower Sport Magazine Site - More Info

On Sunday 23rd Sept 2007 at the Royal Albert Hall. Patti Boulaye is organising “Football Reaching Out For Africa”(FROFA), a charity event to be produced by Major Sir Michael Parker KCVO CBE, with a mass choir of 3000 gospel singers and a host of International Football Stars and Celebrities including Thierry Henry who will be presenting the Thierry Henry Young Achiever Award, Lauren of Arsenal FC and international singing group Boney M to name a few. The event will raise money for the building of more Support For Africa Clinics/Healthcare Centres all over Africa. More Info

SFA - New Health Centre in PH update
The second health centre was opened in Port Harcourt on March 5th, 2005 attended by Patti, Maizie Williams (Boney M), international photographer Gill Shaw and Trustee Stephen Komlosy who flew in to Port Harcourt with Patti on Virgin Airlines by kind sponsorship from Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Atlantic Airline. More Info

Single Launch
Charity single 'VIVA AFRICA' now available!!
Please call 01753 885 652 for more info or ring to order between 96pm Mon-Fri.

Patti at UNAIDS Launch
Over 20 eminent women and men including Patti Boulaye the President/Founder of SFA have united to create The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS... More Info

Below are News Stories courtesy of UK Consortium on AIDS & International Development. Each story will be active for approximately one week.

News Stories

17 August 2006
Heat-stable Lop/r for Africa thanks to MSF

Johannesburg - The efforts of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have resulted in a new version of the second-line antiretroviral (ARV) drug, Kaletra, beginning to arrive in parts of West and Southern Africa this week.

The drug is an updated heat-resistant formulation from Abbott Laboratories. MSF have been working for almost a year to obtain the formulation, after hearing that it was available in the US but not yet available in developing countries.

The drug can be safely stored without using a refrigerator and need not be taken with food - both critical advantages to HIV-positive people in resource-poor areas.

PlusNews reports that although MSF are pleased with the achievement, much more still needs to be done to make the drug universally accessible, including in Asia and Latin America.

"The drugs are currently only available in three African countries, but what of all the other resource-limited settings across the globe where erratic electricity supply is an everyday occurrence?" Marta Darder, who coordinates access to essential medicines at MSF, is quoted as saying.

"What we need now is for all stakeholders to help us put even more pressure on Abbott. Governments and civil service organisations are encouraged to work with MSF to secure greater stocks of this vital drug," Darder is quoted as saying.

South African AIDS lobby group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is already supporting MSF's drug access drive by suggesting that Abbott grant licenses to generic drug firms, allowing them to manufacture even cheaper versions of the life-prolonging medicine.

The medicine is a key second-line ARV that is used after HIV-positive people develop severe side effects from first-line combinations, or resistance to them, PlusNews notes.

Source: UN Integrated Regional Information Networks... More

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Latest Updates
  15-Dec-2005 - SFA Online Newsletter 05 (Download it Now)
24-Nov-2005 - Second Health Centre (Full) Photo Gallery
20-Oct-2005 - Scotland Reaching Out for Africa
01-Aug-2005 - SFA Events Diary
05-Apr-2005 - Opening of Second Health Centre
20-Nov-2002 - SFA Online Newsletter (Download it Now)
26-Oct-2002 - Opening of First Health Centre
14-Jun-2002 - Michael Jackson gives support
04-Jun-2002 - Jubilee Celebrations
10-Mar-2002 - Reaching Out for Africa I
  Archive Releases
  14-Feb-2002 - Press Release 6
30-Nov-2001 - Press Release 5
05-Jun-2001 - Press Release 4
22-Oct-2000 - Press Release 3
18-Oct-2000 - Press Release 2
10-Oct-2000 - Press Release 1