World AIDS Day 1 December 2010

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The governor of the Departamento de La Paz was there; as were several city luminaries and many students from the school of nursing and other students who belong to Comvida, as well as hospital staff, and medical staff from the Region Sanitaria.  Escorted by the policia and bomberos with sirens blasting the desfilo garnered much attention as it made its way from Parque Morazan to the Parque Central across from the alcaldia.  At the mesa principal were gathered speakers who spoke of the ravages of AIDS.  Honduras is the Central American country with the greatest number of HIV positive cases.  I recently began working with the doctor who prescribes medications to the HIV positive patients in La Paz.  I provide the consejeria, with the goal of establishing a support group for patients and families ignorant of the disease process.  Our CAI (Centro de Atencion Integral) clinic is only three months old.  We have a long ways to go.  Next week I’m taking one volunteer staff Honduran and one HIV positive person to a Peace Corps sponsored workshop focused on micro businesses for Persons Living With HIV/AIDS.  I finish my pictorial with a pic of our beautiful central park designed by a Peace Corps Volunteer and a pic of the two-month-old son, Iverson, of one of my companeras who works with Jovenes Sin Fronteras, another Peace Corps-founded national group staffed by Hondurans who make a difference in their community.  Iverson is the symbol of a new, enlightened future for Honduras.

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About Fortunato Velasquez

Fortunato Velasquez received his Registered Nurse's license from the State of California during the month that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. On February 15, 2020, my friend and the director of the Fundación Señor San José in La Paz, La Paz, Honduras, Sister Edith Suazo Fernandez died at the age of 47. https://youtu.be/Poqcf0vn0qQ This a video of her funeral.

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