Transforming lives through access to antiretrovirals

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 05 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8283
  1. Annabel Ferriman
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Kassi Keita, aged 3 years, had been ill for 18 months before his HIV infection was diagnosed. Pictured here with his mother, Mariam Dembélé, he was given access to antiretrovirals, transforming his life. Now he has started school and is playing normally with other children.

This picture, taken in Mali by the Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin, is part of an exhibition showing the life changing effects of free treatment being made available to people with HIV and AIDS by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The exhibition, Access to Life, opened last week at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The opening was timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first reported case of HIV in Australia.

The exhibition features images of more than 40 people in 10 countries around the world who are receiving antiretrovirals. Sydney is the 10th city in the world to show it.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8283