By Jeremy Bogen, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Tatu Msangi was terrified. She was HIV-positive and pregnant. She was scared her baby would be infected.
But something amazing happened: Tatu got treatment that protected her baby from the virus. Her daughter Faith was born happy and healthy.
“It was a great joy,” she says, remembering the day she brought her daughter into the world. “I tried to involve my friends to tell the news. I called them by phone. We met outside the gate with the baby, celebrating. It was a very happy day.”
One of the most exciting things about Tatu’s story is that we may not be far away from it being virtually universal among HIV-positive expecting mothers. Thanks to the work of the Global Fund and our partners, after 30 years and 30 million deaths since AIDS was first diagnosed, we are in reach of an HIV free generation by 2015.
But we must remember the tremendous amount of work that we still need to do because every day, there are still scores of children born infected with HIV, when one is too many.
Look and listen as Tatu tells her story in this video from the Global Fund:
Photo credit: Tanzania © The Global Fund / John Rae