The widespread problem of HIV

Dorcas, a single mother, lives with HIV. She says that, in Nigeria, HIV is a widespread issue and with many women afraid to be tested, mother-to-child transmissions in her community are a huge problem. When a Tearfund partner invited Dorcas to become a Mother Buddy to help tackle the spread of HIV, she agreed saying, ‘I want to help other people.’

‘We have millions who are HIV positive.’

Mama-pack

The power of friendship and the mama-pack

Dorcas comes alongside pregnant women with kindness, friendship and support. She openly shares her own HIV status with them and says, ‘We encourage them [women] to feel a sense of belonging.’ Additionally, each woman is gifted a special mama-pack: a bag containing crucial items needed for a safe delivery including soap, bleach and sanitary pads.

‘Yes, I can do something. I can work for God and help somebody.’

Let the stats speak for themselves

The women affectionately call her auntie and sister. She ensures that expectant mothers receive the right treatment to manage their HIV, and offers advice on nutrition, and how to take care of themselves and their families. Since Dorcas started helping to educate women in her community, there have been no further mother-to-child HIV transmissions.

Your gift is powerful in God's hands.
£9 could provide six mothers with a mama-pack.
£6 a month, for a year, could provide HIV testing kits for two mothers.

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