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January 7, 2020

Rita is a teenage girl in southwest Uganda who has been living with HIV since birth. Both her parents died from AIDS-related illnesses. But with the support of her grandmother, Rita has adhered well to her prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) medication, which treats HIV. She was thriving—until a terrible cough started.

January 7, 2020

By the end of his O levels, the first stage of high school, Richard knew he had what it takes to start and succeed in business. He talked to his family and got start-up capital for a boutique, stocking modern and new clothes for young people. His eye for style is undeniable and Richard soon had a thriving business. 

January 7, 2020

“If you don’t come soon, you may never see me and the baby alive again!” That is all Nyakato could say over the neighbor’s cellphone to her older sister Beatrice. Nyakato and her two-year-old daughter, Ahabwe, were in the grip of a debilitating illness that was causing both to waste away. Ahabwe was so weak that she could hardly hold her head up. 

December 11, 2019

In the small northern Ugandan village of Tedam in Gulu district, a group of adolescent girls and young women sing, dance, and ululate with joy! They are members of the Tedam DREAMS Group that was selected to host U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac during her recent visit to Gulu.

December 9, 2019

Every Thursday, 19-year-old Ibrahim visits the adolescent HIV clinic at Bugiri Hospital in East Central Uganda. Ibrahim is living with HIV and relies on daily anti-retroviral treatment to stay healthy. On this day, though, Ibrahim is not visiting the adolescent HIV clinic as a patient. He is counseling fellow adolescents living with HIV on the importance of treatment adherence—a topic he knows very well. 


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