Kimberly Vrudny

Participant 12

In 30/30 Participants, Inzame Zabantu, South Africa on August 12, 2010 at 5:30 am

“Participant 12” works as a nurse in the communities most affected by HIV/AIDS. She speaks of the hope clinics like Inzame Zabantu provide patients accessing its services.

There is nothing as fulfilling as seeing someone smile having arrived at the clinic groaning with pain. I have seen people turn their lives around, walking through the entrance of the clinic on their feet having spent [a] few months of their lives in a wheelchair. Running an HIV/AIDS clinic before the roll out of the [a]ntiretrovirals was depressing but now that the [a]ntiretrovirals are available one is able to say that indeed there is life after an HIV-positive diagnosis. People who were once lost in hopelessness, lost in despair, are now full of hope and that is exactly what keeps them going and getting better day after day.

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