A thousand meetings: Slow and steady progress for our programs

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Our last few days have been full of meeting and meetings. Tawnya, Nicole (when she was here) and I (Arnica) have met many times with Bisrat from Canadian Humanitarian, and our consultant, Birhan, to develop plans for our programs and new partnership. We have also met with Meseret and Sintayehu from Faya Orphanage three times, including one joint meeting with Faya Orphanage and Canadian Humanitarian.
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Pediatric AIDS in Lesotho

I was browsing for videos on Lesotho and came across this awesome one from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. For those of you that don’t know, Lesotho has the third highest HIV rate in the world: one in every three people is living with HIV. According to the foundation, “out of a population of 1.89 million, approximately 320,000 people are living with HIV, including approximately 41,000 children; 24,000 of these children are in need of treatment.”

Well, I was very impressed to hear about the Elizabeth Glaser foundation’s project to help stall mother-to-child transmission. You see, there is no way that children need to contract HIV from their mothers… simple medicines and care prevent mother-to-child transmission.

According to their website, the Foundation has, as of June 30, 2012:

  • Provided more than 108,000 women with PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission)┬áservices.
  • Enrolled more than 200,000 people into HIV care and support programs, including more than 9,400 children under the age of 15.
  • Started more than 96,000 people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV, including more than 4,600 children under the age of 15.

Pretty awesome. If you’d like to learn more, here is there website:
http://www.pedaids.org/What-We-re-Doing/Where-We-Are-Working/Lesotho

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