Working to Break the Chain: Fighting HIV/AIDS in Arua, Uganda

*** Local Caption *** The last saturday of every month, the youth group convenes to educate and provide support to HIV children. This is part of the MSF program iin Arua, Uganda, which has been assisting HIV persons since 2001. The children learn life skills like jam and shoe polish, the benefits of compliance with taking ARV medication, and their rights and responsabilities as children.
Michelle Fadelli/MSF
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began an HIV/AIDS clinic at Arua Hospital in the West Nile region of northern Uganda in 2001. Today, MSF provides antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more than 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here.
 
Treating patients co-infected with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) for both diseases simultaneously has become an essential part of the mission, as TB is the most common cause of HIV deaths.
 
MSF staff also work to stop the spread of HIV from mother to child and to get treatment to people living in rural areas.