Conversations with the Living: The Haitian AIDS Crisis

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For years, the campaign to treat the worldwide AIDS crisis has been a victim of its own success. In non-developing countries, the urgency to address HIV/AIDS has dwindled in proportion to the dangers of becoming infected with the virus. The accessibility of the latest life saving anti-retroviral drugs is a forgone conclusion and their populations have benefited from years of treatment. If less people are HIV+ then the likelihood of becoming infected decreases as well. HIV infection is seen more as a chronic condition than as a death sentence.Unfortunately, this is not the case in developing countries. They still face daunting day-to-day challenges and surviving HIV infection is not a forgone conclusion. It takes effort, organization, continued funding, and unerring dedication on the part of countless people to give them a chance. In addition, keeping HIV+ people alive includes more than just access to drugs. Often times, it entails supplying them with adequate food, housing, education, and emotional support.

Conversations with the Living will focus on the vast network dedicated to bringing one pill to one HIV+ child for one day within the greater context of Haiti’s troubled history. We will focus on a day in an HIV+ orphan’s life and the pill that keeps her alive. We will trace the path of that pill from the child through the entire network that made it possible. We will show how dedicated individuals work tirelessly every day, grinding through routine and unforeseen challenges, with little fanfare. We will show the lives of the people who make people like Paul Farmer, Jean Pape, Bernard Kouchner, and countless other NGO “superstars” possible.

The ultimate goal of Conversations with the Living is to continue to raise awareness of the need to support AIDS organizations around the world. We want to show that keeping one HIV+ child alive does not happen by accident.

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Written by conversationswiththeliving

May 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

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