My name is Michel . — ‘Everyone has a story maybe yours will change lives who knows.’ It’s great to be in a team of young ambassadors who in one way or another are touching lives’ I joined AIDS No More because I know this is the time to make a stand. I now know that ….not only doctors save lives lol’
Join us in Engage and Speak out . I will be here to respond to your queries and reach out ! We can make a difference’
‘I am Rodney. This is as earth shattering as it can get. AIDS No More has given me an opportunity to make the world a better place than I found. To all youth let us spread the word and break the silence. Enough is enough.’
‘ I am 19 my name is Stephanie. You are never too young to start speaking out on HIV/AIDS that is affecting so many young people. My hobbies are cycling and making friends. I have work in three activities health , journalism and research.
I have so far reached out to my colleagues and began speaking on what is affecting young people in Africa. It’s time to say AIDS no more!
In this Lend Visibility section we feature Masello Mulato from Lesotho who through her initiatives in Public Health particularly in the HIV/AIDS patients care, has received the Mandela Washington Fellowship for her service in her community. She shares her story:
Midwife/Nurse ……………Singing for better care for persons living with HIV/AIDSin Lesotho
‘Am I unique? Well, I believe I have lots to offer even a song. Back in Lesotho, I would get to the hospital clinic early to find a queue of patients in line waiting to receive their Anti-Retroviral Medication and they never looked happy. I thought why not sing. I began with two patients we would sing a hymn and pray and this then became infectious …I call it ‘infectious happiness’.
Sometimes we would sing ‘ke khale rele emetse’ translated from sesotho it means ”it has been long we have been waiting for medical service (health care service, drugs, medicine) to heal us” and other times even as we queued on line we would hum. I always ask myself why I picked midwifery and where I developed my passion for fighting for rights of those with HIV/AIDS …. to answer the first question ..the answer is I guess I wanted to fill a gap in the health care system. Looking back it was the best decision I could make.
I would like to meet the virologist here at the University of Wisconsin Madison to ask if we could get an anti-retroviral implants to avoid patients defaulting on their medication, therefore reduce resistance and increase compliance. Someone out there should explore this…. you may not believe me but HIV/AIDS will soon be a thing of the past.
Looking at Masello, I cannot help but smile…. here is one determined young female leader.
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