[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]
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!