My gorgeous Goddaughter Poppy and her family live in Kachin state in the north of Burma, close to the Chinese border. The capital of Kachin, Myitkyina, sticks in my mind as the place with the highest HIV prevalence I’ve ever seen in routine surveillance data: over 80% in drug injectors throughout most of the 1990s. So I’m glad to see that the school in Poppy’s village has gone AEDS free. One hopes their teaching on drugs is better than their teaching of English grammar and spelling.
Photo by Catherine Eccles, for which thanks.