In August 2003, I traveled to Haiti to spend time at two infectious disease treatment centers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Grace Children’s Hospital (GCH) and GHESKIO.  My reason for taking that trip was to locate a site to return the following year to collect data for my Master’s thesis.  On my third day of a 4-day rotation at the Grace Children’s Hospital, I met Valcuse, a 13 year-old HIV-positive girl who was living in the courtyard of the hospital.  I was introduced to Valcuse by two women who later became key players in saving lives of HIV-positive orphans in Haiti. 

Here is Valcuse’s story.


Marie Denis-Luque