Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Health volunteers battle odds in Ethiopia

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, volunteers from low-income, local households are lending a hand to impoverished AIDS patients. They visit patients in their homes, help them get to clinics, and assist them with getting medication.

Kenneth Maes, an Emory graduate student in anthropology, is researching the work of the volunteers, and the paradox of AIDS treatment amid poverty so extreme that food is scarce.

As one AIDS patient asked a volunteer: “With what food can I take this medication? My insides are burning with medicine only inside me.”

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