My life has changed for the better. I have continued my education and got a shot to prevent early pregnancy. We give advice to young people who married early, hoping they will follow our example.
The initiative did not come from the headquarters; it came from the communities itself. So we saw in some communities they promoted physical activity and they were promoting healthy diet.
When I was four years old, I was diagnosed with arthritis. What bothered me about the disease was the pain and the fever. Sometimes I felt sad, because I couldn’t play with my friends.
This is the type of “filaria” that blinds people and it is a highly debilitating disease that weakens people. It’s a disease that does not kill its patients acutely—directly—but it kills somehow. Because if average life expectancy is reduced by 15 years for the infected comparatively, then you see it as a killer.
An infected person who is aware of being sick, but who doesn’t know about leprosy, often ignores and hides it. We can’t help this person. We need to change the community mentality, and bring solidarity.
At the center we tell them that they are children. Let them behave like children. There are people, adults, who can care for them, who love them. Whatever dreams they had with their parents, those dreams should not die now.
Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, but it makes enormous economic sense.
Partnership is the key and we have all over the world people who have sacrificed time, money and everything to ensure that no child dies because they have Type 1 diabetes.
I couldn't see. My eyes were crying all the time. For ten years I was not able to take care of my home and grandchildren. Since my surgery 9 months ago I'm releived and in a hurry to go to the market - doing the daily work I used to do.
When I start feeling bad, I wish someone would notice and know what to do. I wish the people around would understand me better and help me.
The program has provided training to many other adolescents like me who can go into their communities and provide some solutions to their problems.
I think the disease is kind of a trial for me. I am looking forward to a brand-new life more than ever before, to face up to the difficulties optimistically and proactively. Hardship cannot beat me as long as I deal with things with an upbeat attitude.
I could assess the impact this has for the children and their families. Our contribution to them is important so please continue with this good initiative, I am very proud of this.
We said, if we could develop a way where you could see, every week, the exact stock level of medicine in all of your health facilities –would that help solve the problem?
We take advantage of the knowledge existing here, and we have everything condensed in the same space. We have the chemists, the biochemists, the biologists; we have the support from all the departments.
My husband was HIV positive; I was not. I told my husband, “They said you must not have sex with me without a condom.” And he said, “If I didn’t infect you in all those years we’ve been together, it means I can’t infect you now.” Then he asked me, “Do you really love me?” I said, “I love you, but I also want to live.” We fought for two months, until he convinced me like a man does.
MMV's role is to meet unmet medical needs in malaria by discovering new medicinces for malaria. In the last five years we have been successful in bringing four new medicines to market. One for children, one for severe malaria and two new gold standard treatments.
I had a patient who for five months remained positive for TB. When I told him that he was negative, I saw the joy in his eyes… When this happens, other patients notice and they will applaud as the patient goes to the tent for the negatives. They will give the patient a standing ovation.
It’s a horrible disease, very painful for them. I was torn to see her like that. I suffered a lot from seeing her like that and she has died because of this disease. I saw so many mothers suffering because of this illness… kids struggling to get better. Having the vaccine now, many mothers will stop suffering. We will feel better.
What we’re attempting to do with home-based testing is to find every individual infected with HIV, link them into a care system—the AMPATH care system, start them on therapy and then retain them in care.
Now that she is doing better, I feel less stressed than before. I used to watch over her night after night. It exhausted me.
The strength of partnerships and collaboration has to be at the highest speed possible; this is something that we have never lived through before.
Not only am I learning, personally. But I love what I do because it has a social impact.
If you look at the countries with the highest malaria burden and you look at the places where people are living on less than 1.25 dollars a day those countries are related. Malaria is both a contributor to keeping countries in poverty and poor countreis are less able to fight malaria. We are at this juncture where we either keep accelerating forward or we risk being swept backwards.
I have HIV/AIDS and I was devastated when I lost my daughter to AIDS. Thanks to EGPAF, I felt confident to become pregnant again, sure that I was going to have an HIV-negative child.