Riders for Health Featured on World AIDS Day – December 1, 2010December 1, 2010 by Eddie Scher
Riders for Health is featured by two major news outlets to mark World AIDS Day today. Both Sky News and The Independent newspaper (UK) highlight how Riders for Health are using motorcycles in Lesotho to reach remote villages in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Sky News 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, so it is vital they take the right course of medication and do not miss any treatments. Thanks to his motorcycle, Tukula is able to reach very remote communities and make sure they get all the advice and medicine 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.’
The work Riders for Health is doing in Lesotho is also featured in the Independent newspaper, which has been guest edited for the day by Elton John in his capacity as founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Former chief international correspondent for CNN, Christiane Amanpour, is quoted in support of our work and there is also a testimony from one of the mobilized health workers in Lesotho.