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World AIDS Day 2015: People Living Positively with HIV/AIDS through the Power of Clean Water

December 1, 2015

Allison Tummon Kamphuis

December 1st marks World AIDS Day and we celebrate today the lives of those who are living positively with the disease and also remember the millions who are no longer with us. Over the past 11 years we have witnessed the transformative impact that the power of clean water has on children and adults who are living with HIV and AIDS around the world.

Early on in the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, our partners shared with us inspirational stories about the nearly miraculous effect clean drinking water had for people who were faced with painful symptoms associated with their HIV-positive status.

In honor of World AIDS Day, we have compiled CSDW Program stories about the women and men living with HIV/AIDS who have experienced the power of clean water and are now living positively and inspiring others in their communities through awareness raising, education and action.

At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, we recognized Dr. Pasquine Ogunsanya – Founder and Director of Alive Medical Services and Dr. Peter Tyman from Keep A Child Alive with a P&G Sustainability Partnership Award for their work integrating clean drinking water into treatment programs for people living with HIV. Since 2010, they have been a CSDW Program implementing partner providing comprehensive and compassionate care to people living with HIV and through their program, we are reaching more than 50,000 people with clean water transforming health and turning obstacles into opportunities.

You can read more about their world-class program here.

In Kenya, Rose Odhiambo Machowe is a peer health educator and entrepreneur with another award-winning NGO called SWAP (Safe Water and AIDS Project).

For a decade, Rose and her family have relied on the P&G packets to help protect them from waterborne disease which is especially important for people with compromised immune systems like those living with HIV. With her SWAP training, Rose became an active Community Health Promoter and entrepreneur. Rose sells the P&G packets , other water treatment options along with health products from a kiosk and door to door in the community while providing health information. She is a teacher in the local school and supports the health/HIV program of her local church while leading a support group for people living with HIV. She is a role model in her community for living positively with HIV.

Rose and her inspirational story about the transformation that clean water enables were featured in a second episode of It’s Africa’s Time.

P&G will continue to work with our partners to transform the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS with the power of clean water.

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