||"Gabriel, ADEYEMO" [ profile ]
Fwd: [GYCA] Girl walks 12km for ARVs
Apr 17th, 2012 - 07:20:58
Hey Colleague!!! I got the response below after sending this email
yesterday and i am not too happy with it. When will youths stop dieing as a
result of failure from our political leaders to keep to their promises...???
So many promises on easy access to ARVs, PMTCT, the 3 zeros and so on.....
May her soul rest in peace.
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Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: [GYCA] Girl walks 12km for ARVs
To: "Gabriel, ADEYEMO"
Thanks for letting people know about what is still prevailing in our
African patriarchal societies today. I personally was touched by that story
of Martha but I want to inform you on a sad note that the girl died 2 days
after her story was published in the papers.
Quoting "Gabriel, ADEYEMO" :
Source: New Vision Uganda
> Author: Tom Gwebayanga
> Link: http://www.newvision.co.ug*news/630207-girl-walks-12km-**
> Hey Guyz!!!
> With the look of things in most of our African countries, i doubt if we are
> gonna come near achieving a Universal Access by 2015 with all of these
> set-backs, discrimination and stigmatization of our fellow humans.
> For the last five months, 17-year-old Martha (not real name) has been a
> common sight on the Nabirumba-Kamuli road on her way to pick anti-retro-
> viral (ARV) drugs from Kamuli Hospital.
> Her monthly trek began in December last year after her father, a resident
> of Nabwigulu sub-county, kicked her out of his home, saying he would not
> waste his resources on an HIV/ AIDS patient.
> Left with no choice, Martha left to live with grandfather, 9km farther away
> from the nearest health facility. This meant that despite her precarious
> health, she had to walk 12km to pick ARVs.
> Marthas plight came to light last Friday at Nabirumba Health Centre III,
> where Plan, an NGO, organised a function to mark the World Tuberculosis
> Day. We have, in our midst, an AIDS patient, whose parents have dumped.
> She walks 12km to and from hospital to collect her ARVs, the Kamuli
> district information officer, Joseph Ngobi, said.
> Ngobi said Marthas life was in danger because the grandfather, Nasani
> Musengawe, was too poor to provide a balanced diet or food supplements for
> the girl, let alone for him. She is sickly because of poor feeding. A
> person on ARVs needs to eat foods that are rich in proteins and
> carbohydrates, Ngobi added.
> The sight of the frail girl evoked pity as she slowly sat up and struggled
> to speak. I have lost hope. Much as I get the drugs, I should have a
> balanced diet, which my grandfather cannot afford, Martha said. She said
> she loves matooke, rice, meat, chicken and milk but nobody can offer her
> such food.
> Martha knew her HIV status in 2002 when she was only eight years old.At the
> time, she had been looking after her bedridden HIV-positive aunt. She
> dropped out of school in Primary Four when her health deteriorated.
> Her mother died of natural causes four years ago and her father, who has
> not remarried, lives with Marthas only brother. Nabirumba LC1 chairman
> James Bakulube said Martha could have contracted HIV 10 years ago as she
> took care of her aunt.
> Comments: This kind of article makes the mind bleed because at the point
> when one think there are progresses being made in advocacy for Universal
> Access, then issues like these pop up and one want to blot out of the whole
> thing. I'm so sure our political leaders are not making vain commitments
> and promises whenever they engage themselves in meeting.
> Click on the link to read full articles.
> Many Thanks
> Yours' in Prevention Science
> Gabriel, ADEYEMO
> Regional Focal Point - West Africa
> Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AID (GYCA), a program of the Public Health
> +234-80-6798-7317 | gabriel (at) gyca.org
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Yours' in Prevention Science
Regional Focal Point - West Africa
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AID (GYCA), a program of the Public Health
+234-80-6798-7317 | gabriel (at) gyca.org
www.gyca.org | www.phi.org
GYCA is a youth-led global network of over 6,500 young leaders and adult
allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in 173 countries world-wide. GYCA's
mission is to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources
and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst
*My United Nations Pledge 2011-2012: "To lend my wit and my strength to the
AIDS Response guiding global youth towards one goal: Zero HIV: Zero AIDS
Related Deaths, Zero New Infections, Zero Stigma"*