Today was our last day working for Medical AIDS Outreach and we are sad to go! We hope that these past accounts of our experiences with MAO have been informative, sometimes entertaining, and moving.
In these past three weeks, we have seen much of the southern Alabama countryside. We have gone from Gainsville, a town of about 220 people, to Montgomery, the second largest city in Alabama. We have met so many different people and had so many different experiences.
While one can try to gain a taste for the southern HIV/AIDS crisis by just reading epidemiology studies and health reports, this literature will never bring out the human element of the fight against HIV/AIDS in the south. Every element of MAO, the educators, social workers, nurses, housing specialist, doctors, and administrators, all play such a crucial role in truly trying to provide a better standard of living to the thousands of HIV/AIDS victims in the South. Really, there is no better way sum up MAO’s dedication to their patients than to highlight Dr. Bhat’s one hour conversation with a patient.
We are excited to see the fruits of MAO’s work on their Access to Care initiative and were truly impressed by the care put into installing telemedicine facilities at the main sites. It was truly inspirational to hear about everything from rural bus routes to food banks in meetings when MAO was trying to think about how better to serve their community. The staff at MAO and their life stories are truly mind blowing. It is hard to find as caring a team anywhere else.
It goes without saying that GlobeMed at Princeton finds itself lucky to have a working partnership with MAO. We look forward to the future and cannot express how amazing these past few weeks have been.
People don’t work [at MAO] for the money, they work here for the ideals