We recently interviewed African Services Committee, who is partnering with Vitamin Angels to connect over 1,000 children 6-59 months with multivitamins. Read what they had to share about their work in the field and how they are making a difference in the lives of children in Ethiopia.
Our organization…reaches out to underserved populations and engages those at most risk in HIV outreach, prevention, testing, and care. One of our program highlights is our long-running Pediatric HIV/AIDS program, which allows us to offer comprehensive HIV care for children and their families, providing them access to medical care, case management, treatment adherence counseling, linkage to social services, and nutrition supplements. Recently, we added anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to our services, enabling us to not only diagnose patients with HIV, but to immediately provide them care and treatment.
We work in…four locations throughout Ethiopia, which to date have assisted over 100,000 people in learning their HIV status, and connected them to care and treatment.
Everyday we…strive to educate the population on the importance of HIV education, prevention and treatment. We also strive to assist those who are HIV positive by offering them comprehensive treatment and care.
We are working with Vitamin Angels because…Vitamin Angels and ASC recognize the importance that nutrition can play in the life of an HIV positive child or adult. Simply treating the disease with medication is not enough, and through Vitamin Angels’ support we have been able to offer vitamin supplements to over 2,000 children ages 6 months to 5 years in the last 2 years, and to over 1,000 pregnant and lactating women.
One example of a recipient who has been helped by vitamin donations is… Misrak, one of the hundreds of children enrolled in our Pediatric HIV program. Having been recently been diagnosed HIV positive, she is among the children battling the medical complications that come with the disease, as well as the overall issue of malnutrition that comes with living below the poverty line.
A favorite activity of the children and the women we work with is… baking bread for special holidays.
We find inspiration in…the continued progress that each child enrolled in our program experiences. It is indescribable to see the smile on a mother’s face, and the gratitude in her eyes as her child’s future brightens with access to medicine, nutritional support and care.
Our favorite quote or words of wisdom are…
"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." – African Proverb
The photo attached depicts…a child in our program excited to receive the vitamins generously donated by Vitamin Angels.