It is eight o’clock and we are “on our wheels” in direction of a community health center called Kabokweni. It’s quite cold in the mornings, but the sun is getting warmer minute by minute. Excited to meet “this new day”!
HIV is a huge problem in this country, especially in the rural areas. In South Africa in total we are talking about 17% of the population having the virus. But in the province of Mpumalanga the figure is much higher – approximately 33%!
Today we met some of these suffering individuals. Many having small children and even newborns. But even if the mother is carrying the HIV virus, there is hope for the next generation. Today, women are offered medication both during the pregnancy, during birth and during the breastfeeding phase.This medication will prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child….
There is HOPE!!
After visiting the health center today, we were privileged to join the community health workers on home visits. In one home we met a very sick 31 year old woman who had just given birth to a little girl. The community workers reacted immediately and called an ambulance to take the woman and her child to the clinic.
Hopefully they saved a life today? Hopefully there is one less orphan in South Africa?