Riders for Health on Sky News on World AIDS Day

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Today, Wednesday December 1st is World AIDS Day and Sky News and the Independent newspaper are marking the occasion by showing how Riders for Health are using motorcycles in Lesotho to reach remote villages in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

You can watch the report by Sky News by clicking here. The story follows Tukula Mothonyana, a TB officer, as he steers his bike up into the mountains to visit one of his patients. People who are infected with HIV are more likely to contract tuberculosis, and it is very important they take the right course of medicines and do not miss any doses. Thanks to his bike Tukula is able to reach very remote communities and make sure they get all the advice and medication they need. The report also features Lefulesele Masokanye, a mentor mother, who uses her own experiences of being HIV positive to support other HIV positive women and help them to avoid passing the virus to their children.

The Sky News website also features a blog written by Lefulesele. She says: “I wanted to help other women to do the right thing and protect their children. If all HIV positive people get information and drugs on time we could stop the transmission of HIV from mother to child.” To read her story, click here.

The work Riders for Health is doing in Lesotho is also featured in the Independent, which has been guest edited for the day by Elton John. You can read the article by clicking here, and you will be able to find it on page five of today’s Independent.

Riders’ goal is to mobilise more health workers like Tukula and Lefulesele, across Africa. To find out more about Riders for Health or to support their work in Africa, visit www.riders.org.

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