There are stretches here when disease seems to be winning the war. Then someone like Chastibelle walks through the door and we are reminded that our efforts do pay off.
Chastibelle is a smiling 8 year old girl who has been on medication for her HIV for 6 years. She is doing well and today her CD4 count was 2139, the highest one I have ever seen. We place people on medication when their CD4 falls below 350. She is leading an absolutely normal life other than she must remember to take her medications daily and come into the clinic monthly for her refills.
Her smile is thanking you for your support of our mission.