Vietnam: How to help survivors of Aids?

Written by B and e, CB, M, H, A, J and O, *Together, at various times The years when the virus killed 3,600 children in Vietnam were during the worst of the war and…

Written by B and e, CB, M, H, A, J and O, *Together, at various times

The years when the virus killed 3,600 children in Vietnam were during the worst of the war and after the war, the NGO Ibis Acta supported and organised doctors, nurses and volunteers from across Viet Nam. They became a front line in the battle against Aids.

The film tells the story of some of these healthcare workers, their history, the virus that had infected many across the country, and the people they cared for.

Many of the stories are haunting: the girl whose immune system weakened, refusing to go to school; her teachers who over the years became her family; the teacher who sends her for treatment after she dies.

In an interview, Ibis World Programme Director Kholin said: “I think children and the elderly and their caregivers should be at the heart of any campaign or any challenge that we face in this world – how to help them and what our role is with them and how we can serve.”

She adds: “What this film will do, besides helping to shift the emphasis away from children, towards families and caregivers, which are the way to help the people across the region, is to really highlight the different stages of this struggle. It’s about how people get infected and how they get healed.”

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