Adesi’s Hope

When Adesi Tembo first visited the Bwafwano clinic, she went there simply because it was close to her home. She was pregnant and hoped to access prenatal care. But because Bwafwano is an integrated site, they routinely test all pregnant women for HIV.

To her surprise, Adesi tested positive. And because she knew her status, she was able to access prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) drugs to avoid passing the virus to her fetus. Thanks to the care she received at Bwafwano, Adesi’s daughter was born HIV-free, and Adesi is now accessing antiretroviral treatment.

“It is good and convenient,” she said. “This clinic has really helped especially us positive mothers because we access the drugs from here and also take our children for under-five clinics.”

PAI met Adesi in March, when a storytelling team visited Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya to collect stories and photographs for a book on HIV and reproductive health integration. Her story is one of many to be featured in an upcoming book as part of The Integration Project (TIP). The book is in production and is slated to be released at the International AIDS Conference in July, along with a film on the same topic.