Rachel is 7 years old and was receiving treatment for malaria at another clinic in September 2019. During routine testing, Rachel tested HIV positive, and was referred to Baylor Uganda for HIV management. Her mother claimed to have tested HIV negative when she was pregnant with her and declined to be tested. She was later educated on the need for her and her husband to be tested. They both tested positive and are now under the care of a doctor.
While at Baylor, Rachel was diagnosed with acute malnutrition, pneumonia and tuberculosis and started on treatments. While still on TB treatment, she progress to advanced HIV with chronic lung disease. She was started on medications which were never stocked, but we were able to use funds from the American Foundation for Children with AIDS to procure lifesaving drugs for Rachel. The pneumonia was treated and she completed her TB treatment in June of this year. Rachel is now stable and her mother is very excited about her progress and her ability to return to school after the COVID-19 lockdown.
Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project. If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org.
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