Lend Visibility Section
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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