DR Congo III
HIV/Aids Treatment Bukavu, November 2004
Bukavu, on the southern tip of lake Kivu, is a city living under the shadow of AIDS. The disease was slow to come here at first as the country had been isolated by an eight year war from the rest of the world. Yet in the past few years the combination of a crumbling health system, a huge increase in sexual violence and lack of proper education, has seen the disease take hold and spread.
Yet it is here, in this decaying town in the heart of this war ravaged country that the first signs of hope in the battle against AIDS can be found. International NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres first came to Bukavu in October 2000 and set up a clinic to treat those with HIV and AIDS.
ARV (Anti Retro Viral Treatment) was gradually introduced. It was the first time such a project had been tried in a war zone.