Meet the Mexican nurse who is working to cure AIDS in Africa
Blanca Aguilar works as a nurse in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
The 19th International AIDS Conference starts next week in Washington DC, an event that gathers the world’s experts on the epidemic.
This year’s conference takes place as PEPFAR and Global Fund, two of the major donors in the fights against AIDS that provide poor countries antiretrovirals and resources, have registered historic cuts in funding — in some countries by as much as 12 percent.
Sousa Domingos was diagnosed with HIV in 2000. Cuts in HIV programs would jeopardize access to his antiretroviral treatment.
We traveled to Mozambique to find out how these cuts in funding affect people on the ground. Mexican nurse Blanca Aguilar, 36, works with Doctors Without Borders in Mozambique, coordinating a very complex humanitarian operation.
One out of eight adults in this African country are HIV positive, one of the highest infection rates in the world.