Ja Alon’s story
When Health Poverty Action first met Ja Alon and her daughter in Myanmar, their health was in a critical condition. At that time Ja Alon was only 29 years old. Her first husband had been an intravenous drug user; he died in 2002. It was from him that she and her daughter Ja Tsin Mai, now 8, contracted HIV.
In addition to HIV, Ja Alon was diagnosed with tuberculosis and meningitis, and her daughter with tuberculosis. Both were treated with antibiotics. They received anti retroviral therapy provided free of charge by Health Poverty Action, and felt much better.
Since her recovery, she has trained as a Health Poverty Action counsellor for other HIV patients. She says: “This is what I do and I am very satisfied that I help other people who are now in the same situation as I was three years ago. I give them my example and people find hope.”
Dr. Myo Myo Min, who treated the two, has nothing but praise for this brave young woman. “Ja Alon works hard” she says, “has a willingness to learn, empathises with patients and most importantly, she’s open about her HIV status, setting a perfect example to others.”