HIV, anemia and risk of malnutrition
Date of birth
July 13th, 2014
Start of care
Nestor and his sister Natacha have been living with HIV since birth. Their mother is HIV-positive and was not on treatment when they were born. When we met Nestor, he was very pale, out of breath and exhausted. He had severe anemia (hemoglobin 3.2 g, the norm is around 12 g). This was linked to acute malaria and aggravated by HIV, which also led to malnutrition and repeated malaria infections. Given the vital prognosis, we financed his emergency medical care (blood transfusion, antibiotics, anti-anemic drugs and his stay in intensive care with the required tests). As their mother was unable to feed her children during the hospitalization, we decided to finance a monthly food supply so that Nestor and his little sister could benefit from a diet adapted to their age and to their HIV pathology (which is associated with a very high risk of extreme undernutrition).
February 3rd, 2021
We donated a monthly food supply to Natacha and Nestor. Their dad explained to us that Nestor is top of his class and that he learns quickly. He also told us that he has found a new wife, who already has a baby herself (Nestor and Natacha’s mother left for Lomé and has not returned). The dad is now working as an electrician and can provide for his family. We decided to donate a last food supply next month, and the children will of course continue to be treated at the center when they are sick.
January 7th, 2020
Nestor and Natacha came to the center to collect the food supplies that we offer them every month. They are still on ARV treatment for HIV, and both are doing very well. Nestor weighs 18 kg and Natacha weighs 10 kg.
December 5th, 2020
We made our monthly donation of food supplies yesterday. Nestor and Natacha came to the center, and are both doing well.
November 13rd, 2020
During the rainy season, the number of malaria cases increases significantly in Togo. Nestor also had malaria this week. He had a high fever (over 39 °C), he was shaking and was very weak. We gave him malaria injections and treated his fever with paracetamol. At the end of the second day, he was already feeling much better! We will see him again with his sister next month to give them their food supplies.
November 3rd, 2020
Yesterday and today, we donated food supplies to Emmanuel, Geremie, Nestor and Natacha. Nestor was not at home today, but we will come back next week to see him. Since he will soon be starting school, we donated 5,000 CFA francs to cover the costs of the new school year. Natacha is still too young, she will start school next year.
October 3rd, 2020
As every beginning of the month, we carried out a food supply for the families of Geremie, Emmanuel, Nestor and Natacha.
September 9th, 2020
We visited Nestor and Natacha, who are doing well. Their health has greatly improved. The parents thanked us for the monthly food supplies, and we donated clothes to the children, who were delighted!