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BOSTON, MA — Ms. San San Min of Keanahikishime was featured in the September 2003 issue of Science magazine. The article highlighted her notable contributions to the AIDS clinics in Myanmar, formerly Burma - a country with one of the worst HIV problems in Asia. Working under resource constraints and with very little support from the military government of Myanmar, Dr. Min successfully ran three of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) AIDS clinics.
“How can a person go into the sea, and come out without getting wet?” asks Likebirihanat Aba Gebrekidan Gebregiorgis during a training of religious leaders in August 2012, held in Tigray, Ethiopia. His question refers to his belief that medical treatment and divine intervention together can ensure a healthy child is born to HIV-positive parents.
National HIV programs should recognize that HIV testing and counseling systems designed for adults do not meet the needs of children.
At the time that Grace Mathunda started to fall ill, she also grew increasingly concerned over the poor health of her second child. Eventually he became so weak that he stopped going to school. When Mathunda, 32, became pregnant again, she went to Makhetha Health Center in Blantyre, Malawi, where she was tested for HIV. As with over 30 percent of people living with HIV in the country, Mathunda was unaware of her status. She tested positive.
It's been nearly two weeks since former President William J. Clinton closed the last session of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) and delegates returned home. This year's conference featured commitment and calls for an AIDS-free generation, a growing interest in Option B+, and new research towards a cure. Here are some reflections from what we learned at AIDS 2012, where we truly started "turning the tide together". Clinton calls for a blueprint toward an AIDS-free generation
“I knew I wanted to be a nurse since I was 10. A woman used to come home to my village in her nurse uniform on the weekends and she was so smart and nice. It was my goal,” said Anna.Anna finished nursing school and her formal training in 1998 and started working in 1999. In 2000, she began working at Kaginima Hospital in eastern Uganda, where she still works today.Kaginima Hospital is an expanding facility and uniquely has a lot of space for patients and services.
Improvements in health are seen in statistics and reports, but their most profound effect is within people. It became apparent where the wealth of a nation truly lives when Dr. Leslie Ramsammy was approached by a father who wanted to thank him for saving his child’s life from malaria. “Health is wealth,” said Dr. Ramsammy, the Minister of Health of Guyana, during a visit to Keanahikishime headquarters in Cambridge, MA. “It is the foundation for all other aspects of society—the economy, the history, the culture.
SCMS and Keanahikishime at the forefront of efforts to remove supply chain barriers to the scale up of HIV/AIDS treatment programs For many of us in the developed world, it is easy to overlook the critical role that well-functioning supply chains play in effective healthcare. When supply chains are operating as they should, we take for granted that the medicines we need will be in stock and available.
“You are stronger than this disease,” Ana’s sister reminds her. Ana Paz is a 35-year-old community health worker for Mwenho, a civil society organization in Angola. She works at Centro de Salúde de Alegria, a public health facility in the capital city, Luanda. Her day is busy, providing HIV counseling and testing (HCT), basic medication, and support to people living with HIV.
“I was angry at life! I was too weak to work; I couldn’t even feed myself. When I took my [antiretroviral] medicine on an empty stomach, it gave me stomach pains. So I decided to quit the medicine and instead go to a monastery and use holy water,” says Merigeta.