Following on the heels of its life saving shipment of medication to the Children’s Hospital in Panama barely two months ago, AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) has sent another package of ARVs, worth nearly $8,000, in response to a specific request from the Infectious Disease unit of the Pediatric Care department at the hospital.
The timing was perfect as we had just received two donations of several bottles of pediatric ARVs to our Recycling Program; one from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Great Neck, NY and the other from the Positive Connection organization in Topeka, KS. These two donations were sufficient to cover the request from the Children’s Hospital in Panama. A happy coincidence indeed as this specific medication comes to AFAI infrequently.
This case is one of the many examples which show the vital role our donating partners play in expanding the Recycling Program and in helping to continue saving lives in developing countries. The expediency with which we were able to meet this second urgent request from Panama also demonstrates how key AFAI’s expertise was in successfully completing a shipment of this type. We knew that because the medication was in liquid form, there were tighter regulations to meet and it would be more difficult and expensive to ship.
Since 2007, AID FOR AIDS Panama has been running the Center of Integral Attention for Children and Adolescents at the Children’s Hospital, providing care, counseling and emotional support to more than 300 children. AID FOR AIDS’ donation to the hospital is an expansion of our ongoing work together to benefit the pediatric patients living with HIV in that country. AFAI’s action also represents a gesture of solidarity with one of our most important partners in the our mission to improve the quality of live of children living with HIV.
AID FOR AIDS’ AIDS Treatment Access Program enables us to provide life-saving HIV medication to needy people in developing countries. This medication is collected in the US through our HIV Medicine Recycling Program via a network of partner organizations, hospitals, medical centers, doctors and private donations by people who no longer need these medicines.
To learn more visit: Recycling Program Info