HIV/AIDS in Haiti
HIV/AIDS is the greatest health crisis our world faces today. In Haiti, more than 200,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS – that's 3.8% of the population. Since the mid 1990s, Grace Children´s Hospital has provided medical support and counseling to patients living with HIV.
In 2005, critical Anti-Retroviral (ARV) treatment services were also added, thanks to partnerships with the U.S. Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Funding from these partners allows International Child Care to diagnose, treat and monitor children and adults who are infected with HIV using World Health Organization guidelines.
THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS
Over the past 50 years, International Child Care has earned an excellent reputation for the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB). Due to the fact that HIV infection is the most potent risk factor for developing tuberculosis and that TB is the most common cause of death in HIV-positive persons, offering Anti-Retroviral (ARV) treatment services to combat HIV/AIDS is a natural extension of International Child Care´s ongoing work in Haiti. Protecting against the double threat of TB and HIV and finding innovative ways to treat patients with both illnesses has become a critical objective for organizations like ICC that work in the developing world.
Although access to ARV therapy does not cure the HIV infection, it can relieve suffering, decrease infectivity and give children and adults years of productive life. The ARV treatment services, coupled with the counseling services ICC has offered for years at Grace Children´s Hospital, will bring better health and new hope to hundreds of Haitian people who suffer from this disease.