Prevent AIDS. Save lives by helping thousands of people


About the project

HIV does not have to be a life-threatening condition. Advances in HIV treatment now mean that people living with HIV can lead healthy and fulfilling lives, having the same life expectancy as those without the virus. Help us (AVERT) purchase a CD4 count machine to enable The Umunthu Foundation to provide over 20,000 people in Malawi with access to life-saving HIV treatment.

The Umunthu Foundation currently provides free HIV testing and counselling and runs many community HIV prevention activities. People who test positive for HIV are referred on to CD4 count testing services many miles away. CD4 count testing is necessary to determine when a person with HIV should begin treatment, and should be done regularly to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment. The long distance means that many people are unable to make the journey, and so do not begin treatment on time, if at all. Having their own CD4 count machine will allow The Umunthu Foundation to provide essential monitoring and treatment to 20,000 people living with HIV in their area.
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Organisation Details
4 Brighton Road
Horsham, West Sussex
Company Limited by Guarantee
Registered Charity #1074849


Final Goal! £6,000
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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The Umunthu Foundation provides free HIV testing to people in the Bangwe and Limbe areas of Blantyre, Malawi. People testing positive for HIV are referred on to CD4 count testing services, to assess whether they need to begin treatment. There are no CD4 count testing/treatment services locally, so many people do not walk the long distance to these services, and so do not start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in time, or at all. When people living with HIV have access to CD4 count testing and treatment services, they can begin taking ARVs on time, enabling them to lead long, healthy lives.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
The prevalence of HIV in Malawi is currently 10%, rising to 19% in the area covered by the Umunthu Foundation - the townships of Bangwe and Limbe in the Blantyre region. Since we began working with them in 2010, 29,325 people have been tested for HIV. 5,448 of these people have tested positive for HIV and been referred on to CD4 count testing services, many miles away.
What is your solution?
We’re fundraising for Umunthu to purchase a CD4 count testing machine, enabling them to combat this problem and save numerous lives. Through the purchase of a CD4 count machine, over 20,000 would have local access to regular CD4 count testing services. This would allow people to begin ARV treatment on time and have regular monitoring to ensure that their treatment regimen is effective, enabling people living with HIV to remain in good health. Providing this vital service would make Umunthu the only local provider of comprehensive testing and treatment services for people living with HIV.
How will you deliver this?
The infrastructure is already in place, an extension to Umunthu’s main office has been built, housing a CD4 count testing laboratory and an ARV distribution room. The price of the machine includes the cartridges and all of the equipment needed to begin testing immediately. The Pima machine is one that is used in the local context, is already known to Umunthu and is basic enough to avoid any problems with technical issues.

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  • 5 minutes
    Watch and share the video! Here’s the link -
  • 15 minutes
    Read more about the Umunthu Foundation on our website -
  • 30 minutes
    Learn more about CD4 count testing and HIV treatment -
  • A few hours
    Spread the word! Speak to your friends/family about the campaign and the need for the machine. See if you can get a few people together for a viewing of the video, or hold a fundraising event – see below.
  • Regular time commitment
    Fundraise for us! Set up a fundraising event with all of the proceeds going to the fund to purchase the CD4 count machine. Email me at and I will be able to send you all the resources you need to put on a great fundraising event.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

AVERT is an international HIV and AIDS charity working to empower people and communities via knowledge and skills to combat HIV. We work with partner organisations such as the Umunthu Foundation in areas of the world severely affected by HIV, in order to strengthen the community response to the epidemic.

Geographical coverage


Our track record

AVERT has been operating since 1986. We have been working with the Umunthu Foundation since 2010. During this time we have helped them to provide free HIV testing and counselling to almost 30,000 people in the area. As well as voluntary counselling and testing for HIV, they also provide psychosocial support and basic treatment for opportunistic infections, as well as referrals on to CD4 count testing and PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) services for those who have tested positive.

Who do we help?

People in the townships of Bangwe and Limbe, in the Blantyre region of Malawi.

How do we deliver this?

As well as HIV testing, counselling and treatment activities, the Umunthu Foundation works within the wider community to prevent HIV transmission, promote behaviour change and reduce the stigma surrounding the virus. They run many different anti-AIDS youth groups, as well as support groups for people living with HIV and home-based carers. They also help people with HIV to access sustainable livelihoods by providing them with loans to set up income generating activities e.g. growing and selling fruit and vegetables. The benefits of this are tremendous, allowing people living with HIV to support their families and access greater food security, leading to an increase in both their general health and self-esteem. The aim of the Umunthu Foundation is to provide one-stop healthcare and support for people living with HIV. With the addition of CD4 count testing and treatment services they will be able to achieve this.

Awards And Recognitions

The Umunthu Foundation’s centre in Limbe recently received the highest score in the Blantyre district, for referrals to prevention of mother-to-child transmission services. They achieved a 98% referral rate.