New hope for the children of Lesotho

New hope for the children of Lesotho

There are 12 comments on the BBC story from May 31, 2007, titled New hope for the children of Lesotho. In it, BBC reports that:

Combating the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa remains a challenge for the entire world. via BBC

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BlackPearl Out of Africa

London, UK

#1 Jun 1, 2007
A colleague of mine here told me about this article, describing it as a "positive development, within a negative context of people dying of AIDS in Lesotho...a country she knew nothing about before she met me". I agree. But now i have just one question:'M'e eo eena o luletse he etsa bana ba banngata empa a ena le ts'oaetso hobane feela a ts'epile lithlare tsa UNICEF??!! Ntate oa bana ba o kae eena? Ha ke utluisisi!!
letlama

Norway

#2 Jun 1, 2007
Well i share your frustrations, but in few words, there is insufficient awareness particularly in the remotest areas. Now let me share you this story from a friend who is HIV positive. A friend was lately concerned about a marked change to his body after switching to second line treatment, he developed a mini hump at the back of the neck, central obesity, thinning of limbs, and skinning of the face he tells me he really looks different and he is scared. What turned me off from this narration is his treatment team could not explain the new developments.

It did not take me time to understand that this poor fellow suffers from a rare condition called lipodystrophy, which is uneven distribution of fats, where certain areas become highly concentrated in fats whilst other areas lose fats and the sad part is it is not reversible.

The point i'm driving at is we are still ages behind in terms of training health experts on issues of HIV management. To my knowledge we don't have any official comprehensive training programmes what more with patients, get the point. A caring friend introduced me to this voluntary team of experts from the USA whose mission is to provide comprehensive training to developing states. They recruit trainers from countries which train their own people so people were recruited from Botswana and i think that would be my small contribution, hey i don't suggest that i'm tswana, ke hard core ea mosotho.

Going back to your concerns, that poor lady suffers from ignorance or probably her case is lack of information. Now to reconcile all my points, for as long as we do not invest on continuing education ( not this two days workshops) we are still far from reaching our MDG goals. I t therefore becomes difficult to set up training programmes when your are not confident enough in what you are doing, however i do not suggest that we are incompetent but i feel we are not doing enough.
Morontlhotlho

Bergen, Norway

#3 Jun 1, 2007
Black Pearl khaitseli, joale denial le eona ke taba e 'ngoe e re qetang le ho feta. U so utloe ha ho thoe motho o loiloe!

Ha se le batho ba libakeng tse remote feela ba kutluisiso e makatsang ena, le tsona clever tsena tse Maseru. Bohlola le bona bo ntse bo eketseha ka degree e holimo-limo bona boo,motho ha a sa cocroache o bonoa ele semaumau so there is simply no way we can curb this dreadful thing.

Motherland is a long way from getting out of its miserable state of things - in all respects!
BlackPearl Out of Africa

London, UK

#4 Jun 1, 2007
I totally agree with what you both say, and I find it truly sad. I mean, the level of promiscuity among us, which seems to get worse in spite of the HIV/AIDS scare, is bewildering. Now if in availing these drugs UNICEF is not at the same time educating about safe sex, rather giving the impression/message that it's once again ok to go about business as usual, then we definitely have a problem. I hope to God this poor woman is not just a guinea pig for these drugs ebe eena o bona a le lehlohonolo or even clever to have beaten this thing! Let's hope she does not fall victim to what befell Letlama's friend! Otherwise i hope it was just poor reporting of the whole story on the part of BBC.
And I still ask...ntate oa bana bana o kae? Na lea bona 'M'e eo o tsoala selemo le selemo, le ka mora ho pata bana ba babeli who both died of AIDS?! Oele hle!!!
BlackPearl Out of Africa

London, UK

#5 Jun 1, 2007
And wait a minute, exactly what hope DO these children of Lesotho have anyway? They are destined to early orphanage because while their mothers are busy happpily reproducing the healthy babies, from what i gather, their own health is sure to deteriorate as a direct consequence, and soon ba tlo ba siea bona bana bano...e le likhutsana/ bana ba mang? UNICEF le lipilisi tsa eona?!! Is that really something to celebrate? Che re lisono hle!!
ngoana mo afrika

Cefn-y-bedd, UK

#6 Jun 7, 2007
HIV/AIDS has been around for many many decades now, however it is still a big taboo.
It is only here in the developed worlds where not only the disease is treated but also people get ongoing emotional support from groups run by expects.
Lefu le re qetang basotho ke ho tseha batho ha ba le mathateng. Hase hore batho ba fela ba lumela hore ba louoe, kapa ba tsoeroe ke TB. Ba ea tseba hore ba ke noe ke "phamo kate"
Ke tseba motho ea nang le lefu lena. O bile le ngoana a ntse a tseba boemo ba bophelo ba hae. Hobaneng a ente ngoana? For the very same reason you and i might want to have a child. The way she explains it is this, she nows that one day she will die when her body can no longer fight the virus, but until that day she want to know and enjoy the pleasures of parenthood.
I think, she is selfish, but then again i could be stricken down by cancer in the next two days and die, my child will be left with her dad, but if he dies too she too will an orphan.
My point is this, AIDS/HIV are diseases, but what kills people is the isolation they get when they discover their fate.
Medicine on its own cannot help, it is our attitudes that send our brothers and sister to their graves prematurely.
50 Cents

Maseru, Lesotho

#7 Jun 7, 2007
ngoana mo afrika wrote:
HIV/AIDS has been around for many many decades now, however it is still a big taboo.
It is only here in the developed worlds where not only the disease is treated but also people get ongoing emotional support from groups run by expects.
Lefu le re qetang basotho ke ho tseha batho ha ba le mathateng. Hase hore batho ba fela ba lumela hore ba louoe, kapa ba tsoeroe ke TB. Ba ea tseba hore ba ke noe ke "phamo kate"
Ke tseba motho ea nang le lefu lena. O bile le ngoana a ntse a tseba boemo ba bophelo ba hae. Hobaneng a ente ngoana? For the very same reason you and i might want to have a child. The way she explains it is this, she nows that one day she will die when her body can no longer fight the virus, but until that day she want to know and enjoy the pleasures of parenthood.
I think, she is selfish, but then again i could be stricken down by cancer in the next two days and die, my child will be left with her dad, but if he dies too she too will an orphan.
My point is this, AIDS/HIV are diseases, but what kills people is the isolation they get when they discover their fate.
Medicine on its own cannot help, it is our attitudes that send our brothers and sister to their graves prematurely.
Click on the link below!

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/20070607/tuk-con...
ngoana mo afrika

Cefn-y-bedd, UK

#8 Jun 7, 2007
50 Cents wrote:
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Click on the link below!
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/20070607/tuk-con...
I heard about that yesterday darling. It is a good thing it happened here not in an african country, it is easy for patients here to be switched to alternative medicine, than it is in our poor african countries. Plus if the rumour is correct(that it was a deliberate act) then people are going to sue.
oa motseng

France

#9 Jun 8, 2007
ngoana mo afrika wrote:
HIV/AIDS has been around for many many decades now, however it is still a big taboo.
It is only here in the developed worlds where not only the disease is treated but also people get ongoing emotional support from groups run by expects.
Lefu le re qetang basotho ke ho tseha batho ha ba le mathateng. Hase hore batho ba fela ba lumela hore ba louoe, kapa ba tsoeroe ke TB. Ba ea tseba hore ba ke noe ke "phamo kate"
Ke tseba motho ea nang le lefu lena. O bile le ngoana a ntse a tseba boemo ba bophelo ba hae. Hobaneng a ente ngoana? For the very same reason you and i might want to have a child. The way she explains it is this, she nows that one day she will die when her body can no longer fight the virus, but until that day she want to know and enjoy the pleasures of parenthood.
I think, she is selfish, but then again i could be stricken down by cancer in the next two days and die, my child will be left with her dad, but if he dies too she too will an orphan.
My point is this, AIDS/HIV are diseases, but what kills people is the isolation they get when they discover their fate.
Medicine on its own cannot help, it is our attitudes that send our brothers and sister to their graves prematurely.
HIV/AIDS is a disaster Lesotho. batho ba shoa ka rate e phahameng especially ha ba qeta ho ba le bana. so my advise would be hore batho ba HIV+ ba etse informed decisions so that they dont blindly fall pregnant for the sake of it. They need to be informed that ARVs are not a cure and they need to consider/ think twice in deciding to have another baby. Keletso ea ka ke hore Basotho ba nang le ts'oaetso ba e nahane ha beli ena ea ho ba le ngoana selemo le selemo. Le batho ba senang tsoaetso ho ntse ho sa bolokeha ho etsa qeto ea ho ba le ngoana selemo le selemo.
likhomo!
Morontlhotlho

Bergen, Norway

#10 Jun 8, 2007
Joale ho ts'osang le ho feta ke hore na partner tse thusang ho etsa bana tsona li ntse li e jala ho le hokae! Jo 'na oe!
Ka Machache

Wynberg, South Africa

#11 Jun 11, 2007
Chee hahona taba..molimo o tla re namolela ho bo ramatla (baqekanyatsi).Re jeoa metoane re bona. phuphutso tsee ha li latoe molato(troika report on lesotho's allocation of parliaments seats).re li bone likhothaletso.ha ha ha

Since: Dec 12

Europe

#12 Dec 24, 2013
Ho ntse ho hlokeha hore re utloe likeletso tse kang tsena. Ke tseo he Basotho ba heso.

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