|A young Guyanese patient navigates life's challenges with humor.|
|A Guayanese pediatrician who passionately guards her patients' health.|
To me it seemed like things were going well, programs made a difference in the lives of people.
|In Rwanda, a young patient becomes the first to |
use a new testing card for those too small for
the standard syringe-based blood draw.
|Testing for HIV in a small hostpital|
lab in Gonaives, Haiti.
It's great news to confirm what I thought I was seeing on the ground as I photographed assignments for Catholic Relief Services' AIDSRelief programs, funded by PEPFAR in Uganda, Rwanda, Haiti, Guyana and Brazil.
According to the Post, the report says "PEPFAR has been “globally transformative,” a “lifeline” and credited around the world for “restoring hope” in the long, difficult struggle against HIV/AIDS. (PEPFAR) has saved and improved the lives of millions.' It set big goals 'and has met or surpassed many of them.'"
|A Homecare nurse examines her ill patient |
in a Kampala, Uganda neighborhood
|A Rwandan lab tech prepares to test |
for HIV in the Bungwe clinic.
The projects have been working.
As I worked in rural places, meeting people who had once been on death's door, now the picture of health, I could see at least a microcosm of the programs' successes.
|With half the family testing positive with HIV, |
Rwanda program has kept a little boy's family healthy
|A counselor checks in with a patient ensuring she is taking |
her medication correctly. When the counselor first met her,
she was on death's door.
I learned that this counseling not only helps people learn to live with their condition, but also helps to roll back at least some of the attitude of ostracism that is prevalent in some societies.
|A Rwandan doctor confers with his patient |
and nurse in a rural health center
I photographed healthcare professionals of local descent, trained to draw blood and run tests in local labs. The labs were constructed to bring testing closer to the population, making it easier to get as many people tested and treated as possible.
Healthcare, healthcare training, AND job creation.
In front of my lens this all has meant documenting the faces of the adults and children who are healthier as a result of this massive program. It is the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and lab techs who serve those who have HIV/AIDS. Fewer children are orphaned, fewer people are contracting the disease.
|A Rwandan doctor checks on his patients |
in rural Bungwe, Rwanda.
|A young Rwandan couple learns their tests are clear of HIV.|
|A Haitian woman maintains her health through monthly visits to the doctor at Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti.|