Staff Picks: A negative to celebrate

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“I know this child is going to be negative. This child is going to live.”
–– Constance Mudenda, Implementation and Mobilization Coordinator at an AIDS clinic in Zambia

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[table_row title=”Client”](RED)[/table_row]

[table_row title=”Purpose”]To communicate the life-saving impact that ARV treatment has in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. To date, (RED) has raised over $200 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[/table_row]

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Sometimes the toughest sorrows and setbacks inspire us to carry on and achieve great things. Constance Mudenda lost three children to HIV/AIDS before testing and treatment for the virus were widely available in Zambia.  After enduring the enormous loss of her children, a clinic arrived in her area and Connie tested positive for HIV.  Thankfully, she was enrolled in the clinic and had access to continual anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment.  Connie committed to her regimen and as she saw her own health improve, she became a peer educator, “giving hope to the hopeless.” As Connie says, “If my children had lived, I don’t think I would have the time to give encouragement to anyone because I wouldn’t have the experience, I wouldn’t have the strength to give to a person.”

Last year, Connie became pregnant for the fourth time, and thanks to the availability of ARVs and to her steadfast adherence to the medication, Connie delivered a beautiful, healthy, HIV negative baby girl.  I, and the entire Micro-Documentaries team, greatly enjoyed meeting Connie through her story on film and extend her our sincerest congratulations!


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