Providing Lesotho's Children with Keys to the World

This is the story of our efforts to end the vicious cycle of poverty, disease, inadequate education, and early death
in a remote rural community in Lesotho, Africa, by providing quality education and life skills
to the young children there. Join us on our journey ...

Friday, March 25, 2011

HIV/AIDS plus TB - the epidemic strikes one of our teachers

We knew before we went to Nohana Primary School that many of the students were directly affected by the twim epidemics of HIV/AIDS and TB which were devastating Lesotho, tragically having lost one or both parents, and/or being infected at birth.  Now, Matlabe has brought us word that one of the teachers at Nohana Primary has been diagnosed with HIV and TB.  The teacher has left the school and returned to his/her family home for treatment.  (We will not identify the teacher's name or gender to protect his/her right to privacy.)  This brings great sorrow to all of us, and it weighs heavily in our hearts.  It is also a huge blow to our project.  The teacher is skilled with computers and very enthusiastic about passing this knowledge on to the students.

- Janissa

FW: ONLINE EVENT - MSF Update on HIV/AIDS Programs - April 6


In case you're interested, here's a notice about an online panel discussion, hosted by Doctors Without Borders, about HIV/AIDS in Africa, with experts on the situation in South Africa and Lesotho.  You can submit questions live or in advance.



Janissa Balcomb, President

Laptops to Lesotho


From: Doctors Without Borders
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:50 AM
Subject: ONLINE EVENT - MSF Update on HIV/AIDS Programs - April 6




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From: Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders

Event Invitation

LIVE ONLINE EVENT   |   April 6, 2011


At a Crossroads:
AIDS Treatment Under Threat at a Time of Immense Promise




Wednesday, April 6

8:00 PM Eastern






Register Now



Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff at an
online panel discussion for the latest field update on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Gilles van Cutsem, Medical Coordinator, Lesotho and South Africa, has worked with MSF for the past decade in HIV and tuberculosis programs.

Sharonann Lynch, HIV/AIDS policy advisor, MSF, has worked extensively on issues related to access to medicines, and spent several years working in HIV and TB projects in South Africa and Lesotho.


More than five million people are alive today thanks to an unprecedented global effort to provide HIV/AIDS treatment in developing countries. A decade on, the science leaves no doubt that providing HIV/AIDS treatment makes medical, moral, and economic sense: there have been fewer deaths, fewer people becoming sick from infections such as tuberculosis, and most promising, there is evidence that shows people on HIV/AIDS treatment are nine times less likely to pass the virus on to others.  Despite this evidence, the global fight against HIV/AIDS has never faced more of a threat.

During this live webcast, MSF staff will give you an insider's look at how threats to funding come just at the moment that new technology, innovations, treatment models and "game changers," have the potential to possibly break the back of the epidemic. Participants will have a chance to ask about the promising innovations in HIV/AIDS treatment and what's at stake if funding cuts for HIV/AIDS treatment continue.



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