Sadia found peace and comfort at a local clinic where she could share the grievances she and other HIV-positive patients face in their communities.
Her refuge was short-lived and her children soon became victims of her circumstance. Facing the same rejection from their grandparents, Sadia’s children were turned away, leaving her feeling angry and betrayed by her own parents.
Now, three years later, Sadia has not only found peace and forgiveness for her parents, but she has channeled her anger into fighting the stigma in her community. Her resilience and determination have not only made her an expert HIV client, but also a peer counselor supporting other HIV-positive people as she fights to reduce stigma. She is also a member of the support group that ensures adherence to treatment and passes information on HIV testing and care.
IMA World Health believes in order to increase HIV prevention, care and treatment it is important to create an environment of care (both service uptake and adherence) through strengthening community support and advocacy systems. IMA World Health is establishing community care teams nationwide, including the clinic that Sadia visited. Our strategies include intensifying HIV prevention efforts for key populations, vulnerable populations and populations of humanitarian concern; increasing access to and improving the quality of HIV care and treatment; treatment as prevention and tuberculosis /HIV collaboration across key, general and humanitarian populations; creating a sustainable enabling environment for intensified HIV prevention, treatment, care and management. This work is funded by the Global Fund and the U.N. Development Programme.