Weʼre raising £400 to support Alive Medical Services and their work to prevent Mother-to-Child HIV transmission in Uganda.
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE - ONE STEP AT A TIME
This year, Kampala Walking Tours is partnering with Alive Medical Services in the fight against HIV/AIDS. On December 1st, all walking tours will be free while donations will be accepted to help with the prevention, care, treatment and support of all those touched by a malady that’s moved us all.
HIV/AIDS took the lives of people I care about. They went through such pain, as have so many in our beloved country. We need to work together to eradicate this pandemic which continues to affect millions across the globe.
We’re proud to partner with ALIVE MEDICAL SERVICES, a non-profit medical centre that operates with love and dignity for all. The project you can directly support concerns the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT). As we know, some mothers are unaware that they can give birth and breastfeed an HIV-negative baby despite their HIV status. More education is needed. You can make a difference.
ALIVE MEDICAL SERVICES provides free HIV testing, care, treatment, counselling and support for over 13,000 HIV-positive clients. The clinic has been functioning since 2007. They started with only six clients but as of now they are one of the highest volume HIV clinics in Uganda. They operate 24/7 with availability of doctors, clinicians, and nurses serving clients with incredible care operating under the belief that everyone deserves to live a quality life.
It’s medical centers like these that need our massive support because they are donor based and yet they do their best to provide free health services to those who seek it.
Please help Kampala Walking Tours make this December 1st day of charity walks towards a cure for HIV!
Jackie’s (pictured) story of strength:
“I had a boyfriend I spent close to 4 years with. He was HIV positive but never shared his status with me. I had only been with one man my whole life, so I contracted the HIV from him.”
Jackie, now 29 years of age found out she was HIV positive just over a decade ago.
“My journey started with fevers, never ending coughs and flues. My skin begun to scale, and I would itch both when it was cold and when it was hot. My boyfriend often asked me if what was happening to me was witchcraft.”
Jackie received calamine from the hospital which soothed the pain, but she still didn’t know what she was treating. One day Jackie and her sister decided to go to a clinic to check and at least rule out the option of HIV. When the doctor arrived with the results, he asked me if he could have a moment alone without my sister and I agreed.
“When the doctor said that I was HIV positive, I saw my life flash before my eyes. I pondered on what would become of me, I thought I would die that very night in my sleep,” she narrated.
Jackie experienced most stigma from her family members, the very people she hoped would support and walk with her.
“They gossiped about me. It bothered me so much and at one point, one of my sisters couldn’t stand being in same space as me.”
Jackie begun to receive the ARVs and swallowed them with the goal of staying alive and one day having a child of her own.
“I got to know about AMS when I came to pick my son up after a long day at a different health facility. I bumped into one of the counsellors “Mummy Julian.” She saw how depressed I was and asked to have a word with me before we set off. That was the turning point in my life. Someone to be interested in me and how am doing, listening with no reservations and only interested in what I have to say. I had never experienced that anywhere. I had been to many health facilities, but AMS was different. I understood why my son loved the place.”
“They gave us food, water purification supplies and they celebrated us being clients. Who does that for you?” Jackie wondered aloud.
She hadn’t taken her medicine in over 6 months when she came to AMS and her viral load was high, but Mummy Julian encouraged her and told her that she had more to fight for and that they were to walk this journey together.
“Today I take my medication without any hesitation and help my son take his.”
“It’s because of AMS that am still alive. It’s because everyone here plays their part and looks after each one of us, that me and my son are still breathing. I do not take for granted the phone calls that remind us of the next appointment and I look forward to the visits.”
Jackie now looks forward to raising her son and living a long and healthy life.
Our tours will start at 8 am from the Post Office on 1st December and you are welcome to join us for this cause.
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