I love new ideas. It's one of the reasons that I'm a researcher
and not just a normal pediatrician. I love coming up with new ideas
for how we can make things work better to care for kids -
especially sick kids in poor places. I especially love great, big
I have this t-shirt. Love it.
Just as fun as coming up with a new idea is seeing that new idea
become reality. Over the last few weeks, we have been making
great strides to turning into reality our ideas for how to help
families through the process of telling kids about their HIV
infections. We want to put in place a new system of care in the HIV
clinics that will better support children through their transition
through adolescence and into adulthood.
I think of our work in Kenya as holding families' hands as
they make the journey with their children from infancy to
For 8 of our pediatric clinics, my ideas for helping families
through the process of HIV disclosure are becoming real. I have
been visiting clinics around the Kenyan countryside and preparing
the clinic personnel for having new assessments for children and
new people in place to help counsel families through this
challenge. Tomorrow and Friday, we are doing interviews to hire
most of the people who are going to make this process happen -
counselors and nurses and research assistants who will be following
families over the course of two years and helping them talk openly
to their children about HIV. Very exciting.
Here's to the success of new ideas to help kids!
One of our clinics where the new project is starting -- it's
made from shipping containers, but provides a good work