When I met Vida just three weeks ago, she was shy but so happy to be among her friends at the Tema clinic -– especially to show everyone her report card!
Dr. Patricia, who is one of the most amazing women I have ever met, told us she was very worried about Vida’s deteriorating condition, as evidenced by increased mottling of the skin on her forehead. Because her dad’s job requires him to travel all across Ghana, Vida did not always have consistency in her medication and it was literally killing her.
At ONE, we are all saddened by Vida’s death. I worry, too, about Vida’s dad, a good man. He seemed gentle and oh-so-proud of his daughter. I can’t imagine how upside-down his world is without his baby girl, but I will keep him in my prayers. And, I’ll remember that when we reluctantly said goodbye at the Tema Clinic, Vida, still shy, blessed me with a hug. I’m glad I got to meet her.
When people ask you why it’s important to care about arcane sorts of things like the Global Fund, tell them about Vida. Show them her smile. And then make them join the fight to stop, once and for all, mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
We all say we wish we could do more for people like Vida. Well, we can.
Get mad. Get focused. Get active. There is no reason in the world why we can’t make sure that by 2015, no baby is born with HIV.