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Image of the Week: Esther


Today is the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States. Earlier this week, my colleague Ruthann Richter wrote an excellent entry reflecting on the history of AIDS and the devastation HIV continues to bring to Africa. I recommend reading it if you haven't already.

Ruthann mentions this 13-year-old girl named Esther, who was the sole caregiver for her HIV-infected, 34-year-old mother until her death. The photo comes from Ruthann's book, Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa, which she authored with Karen Ande. It's a reminder - even with all of the advances medicine made over the past three decades - of how far we have to go.

Previously: Some reflections on the 30th anniversary of AIDS
Photo by Karen Ande

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