Doctor V goes over the sea… to care for children with HIV
There are 3.5 million children living with HIV right now on this spinning globe, and 90% of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. I spend half of my year in Kenya focused on how we can improve medical care for HIV-infected children in the world’s poorest places.
With the right combination of medicines, taken every single day, children with HIV can not only survive, but thrive into adulthood. It’s my goal to help thousands of families meet that challenge. I have the great privilege of working with the AMPATH partnership, a collaboration between North American medical schools and a Kenyan medical school that currently cares for over 150,000 people living with HIV in western Kenya.
If we are going to help the world’s 3.5 million HIV-infected children grow into the teachers and scientists and world-changers of tomorrow, we need to make sure that they have access to HIV medicines and that we address the long-term challenges of taking these medicines. My job — the best job in the world, I think — is trying to figure out how to best help families in poor places keep children with HIV alive over the long-term.