Working in Vietnam two years ago, Francesca Merico visited a family in Ho Chi Minh City where the father had died of an AIDS-related illness, the mother had HIV and the seven-year old daughter was lying desperately ill on the floor.
A priest took the child to hospital where she received antiretroviral treatment. When Merico saw the girl again in January of this year, she looked healthy and could do the things that other children did.
“The treatment gave her back her life,” said Merico, who is an international delegate for Caritas Internationalis.
According to the UNAIDS Epidemic Update, about 290,000 children under the age of 15 died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2007. Many of these children were poorly diagnosed or received no – or inadequate – treatment.
Merico says most of these deaths were preventable and for this reason the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) will launch a campaign in October which has […]