Wednesday, November 10, 2010



 “Our lives have improved so much  since HealthRight worked with us to educate the community about Tu’s condition. And now that he can visit the doctor on a regular basis, we’re able to see that he will have a future.”

– Tu’s Grandparents, Ha Noi Viet Nam

Tu was born with HIV. His father, a drug user, had passed the virus on to Tu’s mother. Without access to proper treatment during delivery, she in turn passed the virus on to Tu. When his mother died four years ago because of an AIDS-related illness, he went to live with his elderly grandparents, who have cared for him with love and open arms. Because of their age and precarious financial situation, Tu’s grandparents have had difficulties providing for him, and they have struggled to overcome the stigma that so many families affected by HIV in Viet Nam face.

The situation reached a crisis when Tu enrolled in school for the first time. The other students refused to have anything to do with him, and, at the insistence of the other parents, Tu was forced to sit and eat in isolation.

HealthRight and its local partners, already working with the family to help Tu access HIV treatment and food support, launched a community outreach campaign to educate parents and teachers about the facts of HIV. The campaign was a success, and led to a dramatic change in Tu’s life: he was able to enjoy school as a normal child, sit and play with other students, and get the full attention of the teacher.

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HealthRight International builds lasting access to health for excluded communities because:

  1. We identify marginalized communities that no one is serving, be it Russian street youth, an ethnic minority in Rural Western Kenya, a religious minority in Nepal, or families suffering from the stigma of HIV in Viet Nam.
  2. We adapt our successful models to tackle the problems these excluded communities face.  For example we have extended our model to improve maternal and newborn care developed in rural Kenya to rural Nepal, a similar region with similar problems.
  3. We bring together local partners to empower these communities in order to ensure that the people we work with have the ability to take care of themselves.
  4. Finally, we build sustainable solutions into our work at the onset of a project.  Simply put, we will hand the work over to the local communities when we finish a project, and therefore focus on building local capacity to do the work all along.

Please make an investment to save lives today with solutions that will last a lifetime.  Here are a few examples of how you can make a difference right now:

allows HealthRight to train 36 foster parents in an extensive “foster care school”, helping to provide homes for children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Viet Nam.

$2,500 supports a training for nearly 40 volunteer clinicians to enable them to offer assistance and referrals for torture survivors seeking asylum in the United States.

supports dozens of community health workers in Nepal to work with families in rural communities to provide education on safe pregnancies.

provides local partners with 330 rapid HIV tests for at-risk youth in Ukraine and Russia.

supplies 2 maternity beds for health facilities in Kenya, allowing mothers to deliver in safe and healthy circumstances.

allows HealthRight to distribute more than 380 insecticide-treated bed nets to families in Kenya to protect mothers and their babies from malaria.

Click here to contribute to the 2010 Annual Fund.