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{Photo Credit: Julienne Ahua/MSH}Dr Kouadio (with the stethoscope) and her pediatric team at Yamoussoukro Regional Hospital Center.Photo Credit: Julienne Ahua/MSH

"My passion for babies was born from personal experience. I lost my parents at a very early age,” recalled Dr. Kouamé Kouadio, Head of the Pediatric Department at the Regional Hospital Center of Yamoussoukro, the administrative and political capital of Côte d'Ivoire.

{Photo Credit: Health for All Project Staff/USAID Angola} Eva Hadi Dos Santos, Community Counselor, and Suzeth de Moráis António, Patient Assistant Facilitator, from Viana Health Center, Luanda, Angola.Photo Credit: Health for All Project Staff/USAID Angola

It happened on July 10, 2017 at the Viana Health Center, one of the nine health facilities supported by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Luanda, Angola. Maria*, a young mother, brought in her 15 month-old child, seeking care for severe malnutrition. In accordance with clinical guidelines, the child was tested for HIV by the Counseling and Testing Service, and was identified as HIV positive. Immediately, Maria was also tested and was found to be HIV positive as well.

{Photo Credit: Henry Nyaka}Grace Mathunda.Photo Credit: Henry Nyaka

At the time that Grace Mathunda started to fall ill, she also grew increasingly concerned over the poor health of her second child. Eventually he became so weak that he stopped going to school. When Mathunda, 32, became pregnant again, she went to Makhetha Health Center in Blantyre, Malawi, where she was tested for HIV. As with over 30 percent of people living with HIV in the country, Mathunda was unaware of her status.[1] She tested positive.

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