I’m reading a great book my friend gave me – 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen. It’s a book of incredible stories of people who are making a difference in Africa working with people with AIDS and many of them living with AIDS themselves. These past couple of months have been an education for me in AIDS. My husband Greg and I attended the Global Summit on AIDS in California at the end of November then traveled to Uganda the beginning of December. The trips weren’t really designed to coincide, but the coincidence made quite an impact on me.
We don’t hear much about AIDS treatment here in the US because new antiretroviral drugs (ATVs) have made living with AIDS very different and basically treatable. It’s not a cure, but people can live healthy for years with AIDS. At first, it was only for those in developed countries because of the cost of the drugs, and get this, doctors literally thought people in developing areas could not keep up with the strict schedule for drug taking. Doctors Without Borders proved it could be done even in areas plagued with conflict and civil war.
Back to the book, it’s full of hope…and the renews the belief that one person can make a difference. Each person has their own story and their own mission. And each is leaving a legacy in a desperate place.