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HIV/AIDS 모자 감염 예방에 힘쓰는 유니세프

2009.02.05

* UNICEF supports Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission in Lesotho
* 시간: 02 min 50 secs
* 촬영도시: Maseru, Qacha’s Nek district
* 촬영국가: Lesotho
* 촬영일자: 01 Dec 2008


Malibe is a 12-year-old orphan. He lives with his grandmother and three cousins in a remote village in Lesotho.


Every morning, Malibe undergoes the same routine. He is HIV positive and since 2005 "antiretroviral is part of his life.


SOUNDBITE (English) Sesotho Grand Mother:
"He's better, very very much better. It's very important to take these medicines. The HIV stops at one place, it doesn't go up."


In 2005, Baylor was the first clinic to offer free antiretroviral treatment to children. Malibe was one of the first patients at the centre.


He comes here twice a month, to get his antiretroviral drugs, and a complete examination to ensure that he is
following the treatment correctly, but also to check for pathologies associated with the virus.


SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Rajhed K. Daftary, Paediatrician:
"We won't be doing our job if we don't address everything. that's affecting him. So in addition to treating him for HIV, we need also to treat him, primarily for malnutrition. Which is why in this case we're giving him something that we call Plumpy nut, which is also known as ready-to-use therapeutic feeding. (Looking at his record book). It's good, it shows he has good adherence 100%, that's great."


UNICEF is supporting the Baylor clinic to continue providing paediatric antiretroviral drugs and general medicines in a form that is suitable for children.


But the real issue in this mountainous country is to get the medical care and the drugs to the places that are the most difficult to reach.


At the Tsekeke health centre, 5 hours away from the capital city Maseru, a paediatrician comes once a month to support the local health staff.


SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Megan Harkless, Pediatrician:
"There was a lot of staff at the very beginning who were very uncomfortable with their skills regarding children. Many of them in fact felt afraid of children and the proper treatment for children so as we've come alongside of them we've been able to help them gain in their own confidence in all areas."


In addition to special treatment, children are also screened for HIV/AIDS as early as two month after birth In Lesotho, there are still 10 out of 12 children being infected by the AIDS virus every day.


Ensuring that children, who need treatment, get it on time and in a suitable form is key to easing a lifetime with a deadly virus.

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