New Life for Pakistan’s HIV Sufferers

By Laura Sheahen

In Pakistan, CRS began distributing the medications before they were locally available.

“The drugs were supposed to be available, but they weren’t,” recalls Luc Picard, who was country representative for CRS Pakistan from 1999 to 2004. Picard knew a doctor in India who specialized in HIV treatment and was communicating with a doctor in Lahore. “There was a young man in Lahore who was 24 and dying; the doctor said he wouldn’t survive more than one week. That’s what triggered me to take the train to India.”

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