Over 90% of children living with HIV are infected through mother-to-child transmission. - World Health Organization, Africa Region
Our Supporitve Care for Children with HIV program is called HIV Hope in Gabon. We partner with Martin Mbavu and his ministry in Libreville, Gabon for people with HIV/AIDS. This program consists of a monthly food distribution for children with HIV/AIDS as well as maintenance lab exams. Treatment is more effective if the children have healthy food to maintain a proper diet with adequate nutrition. The program also provides lab testing to ensure that HIV treatment is provided. The government provides the medication for HIV/AIDS if labs are regularly performed. These two interventions help prevent the deterioration of health in children with HIV/AIDS and give them a better chance at living a healthy life.
Martin Mbavu, who founded and runs the program, has an Advanced Postgraduate Degree of Nutrition & Health (1994), and a Master of Science, Biology (1985). He has worked as Community Health Project Coordinator for the United States Peace Corps/Gabon (1998 – 2004) and as Public Health Consultant for the United States Peace Corps Cameroon and Guinea. Since 2005 he has worked as a Public Health Consultant for several international organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, Global Fund, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.