As part of Misean Cara’s ’15 Years : 15 Stories’ media project, this photo essay showcases the transformative power of Health in Peru. In Peru, there are approximately over 70,000 people living with HIV. While only 85% of pregnant women living with HIV were accessing treatment or prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV to their children. Since 2010, new HIV infections have increased by 24% and AIDS-related deaths have increased by 14%. In Peru, there is a significant gap between people being tested for HIV and accessing treatment. Si Da Vida focuses on high risk populations like inmates in prison, women, members of the LGBT community and sex workers. Si Da Vida, set up by the Columban Fathers, focuses on these high risk populations to ensure that everyone living with HIV does so positively i.e. with a focus on preventing new cases and managing existing ones.
Transforming Health in Peru by Misean Cara on Exposure
Photo caption: Si da Vida and some of its clients protest in front of the Ministry of Health demanding a resolution to the shortage and partial rationing of medicines, as well as, the excessive costs of laboratory exams and medical consultations. Photo: Si Da Vida.