World AIDS Day was on the first of December. We are thankful for the progress that’s being made to keep young children free of this deadly disease. Improvements in expanding access to millions of pregnant woman living with HIV in many of our VisionTrust countries is estimated to have averted over one million HIV infections. “If we can avert 1.1 million new HIV infections in children, we can protect every child from HIV–but only if we reach every child,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We must close the gap, and invest more in reaching every mother, every newborn, every child and every adolescent with HIV prevention and treatment programs that can save and improve their lives.”
At VisionTrust, our Health Team and national partners are investing in health education for our adolescent children to help them understand how to keep themselves safe and understand the transmission of any infection. We strive to create a safe place to talk through not only disease prevention, but the challenges of adolescents and the risk of abuse that many of our children face.
We are thankful for our national partners who faithfully love and create a safe place for critical and, often sensitive, discussions to go one. It is one more way that we work to reach, equip and transform our VisionTrust children so that they may spend their lives living for God and loving others.