Aug 27, 2019

Creating hope - Toby's second chance at life

Tuberculosis screening at every point of contact
Tuberculosis screening at every point of contact

When one glances at Toby (not real name), they can hardly believe that he has been living with HIV for a while now. Toby, a young man of only 28 years of age first walked through Alive Medical Services (AMS), barely hanging on to life, with negative thoughts of his death.

“I was sickly. I had constant fevers and itchy skin which all become overwhelming and I was forced to go to the hospital for a check-up. A family doctor after analysing all the symptoms advised me to come to AMS. My first visit was on July 2018 and I was diagnosed HIV positive. I was very sad but mostly afraid to die.” Toby recounts.

At AMS, every client is screened for Tuberculosis (TB) since it is a common co-infection with HIV. While at the clinic, Toby was screened and was found presumptive therefore tested for TB where he was confirmed to have it as well. Toby recalled this being the lowest point of his life: “I had given up on life. I just resigned to my fate and waited to die.”

Toby was counselled and encouraged to take his medicine diligently to live a healthy positive life. His medication was to be taken in phases, first the TB medicine then the ARV’s. “I knew I wouldn’t get the support and care I needed from people around me here in the city, so I went back to my hometown in Fort Portal where I was able to rest and receive the care I needed. The good thing is that the doctors were able to give me an ART refill that would last me a month for the start and if I took the drugs well, they would give me longer refills so that I do not have to spend a lot of money on transport,” Toby described the differentiated care offered to him at AMS.

“I knew the effect the news would have on my family, so I ended up withholding the truth by telling them I had a severe chest infection, but I had received treatment for it. However, my brother who is also my best friend is the only one I could trust with this information and to date, he is the only one who knows,” Toby shared. The counsellors at AMS always guide clients through the process of disclosure to loved ones so that they can get maximum care and treatment support from those close to them.

Toby who once walked through AMS doors weighing only 42kgs is now a happy and grateful man weighing 82kgs and is looking forward to what life has in store for him. He hopes to get married one day and make a family of his own. “I can’t say thank you enough to Alive Medical Services for giving me another chance to live. I am glad to tell the world that it is possible to live a healthy positive life,” said Toby.

We speak for numerous clients like Toby who are living healthier and happier lives because of the support that you give to AMS. Every donation you make goes a long way to change a life for the better and we are grateful. Thank you!

*Name and image have been changed to protect the client.

Jul 22, 2019

Hope Renewed for Mother and Daughter

Little Lucy during a scheduled appointment at AMS
Little Lucy during a scheduled appointment at AMS

My name is Juliet and I am a 33-year-old mother of 4. My husband, children and I live in Luzira and three of us have been clients of Alive Medical Services (AMS) since 2011. I have been aware of my HIV-status since 2003 and had been getting my medication elsewhere although the supply was always unpredictable, so I did not have proper adherence. The reason I came to AMS was because of my third child, 5-year-old Lucia who at the time was only 3 months old. She had been terribly sick for about a month and we had run out of options.

Actually, we had emotionally prepared ourselves for her death. At the time, we lived in Namuwongo but did not know that we were very close to where our hope would be renewed, at AMS. An elderly woman who was our close neighbour realized our distress and directed us to the clinic. I immediately got the first boda-boda (motorbike) with my daughter to AMS.

On reaching the clinic, we were given priority and at that moment, I regained hope in saving my daughter’s life. After the emergency medical care had been given and realizing that she too was HIV-positive, the doctors got us a car and a reference letter in hand to Mulago hospital. We first despaired because we could not afford the private medical care but AMS’ Director Dr Pasquine not only gave me a reference letter; she made some calls to ease our way in getting the medical care that was beyond AMS. This I only discovered later as indeed we were given good medical attention while at Mulago hospital.

My daughter was on oxygen support for about 2 weeks and during this time we got care supplies from Mwama Mugimu, a wellness company that was partnering with AMS at the time. A team of doctors made sure that the oxygen tank did not run dry at any moment and my husband and I kept watch over her while taking turns.

Today, I look at Lucia, my 5-year-old daughter and I acknowledge that she is a miracle that Alive Medical Services helped to happen. I would have been grieving my child but, instead, I gladly share my happiness with others. My husband, daughter and I come regularly for medical care since the rest of our children are HIV-negative. I am forever grateful to AMS for all the love and care towards my family, especially my baby girl Lucia.

Through the maternal and child health services like antenatal care and elimination of mother-to-child services offered at Alive Medical Services, Juliet has been able to have another baby that is HIV-negative. It with immense gratitude that we share such stories of hope that are only made possible by donors like you. And with your continued support, we can ensure that the little ones like Lucy are born HIV-free.

We speak for countless women and children whose lives you impact when we say thank you!

Juliet, Lucy's mother and her baby brother
Juliet, Lucy's mother and her baby brother
Sister Florence, a nurse at AMS, hugs little Lucy
Sister Florence, a nurse at AMS, hugs little Lucy
Jul 22, 2019

Hope Renewed for Mother and Daughter

Lucia during a scheduled appointment at AMS
Lucia during a scheduled appointment at AMS

My name is Juliet and I am a 33-year-old mother of 4. My husband, children and I live in Luzira and three of us have been clients of Alive Medical Services (AMS) since 2011. I have been aware of my HIV-status since 2003 and had been getting my medication elsewhere although the supply was always unpredictable, so I did not have proper adherence. The reason I came to AMS was because of my third child, 5-year-old Lucia who at the time was only 3 months old. She had been terribly sick for about a month and we had run out of options.

Actually, we had emotionally prepared ourselves for her death. At the time, we lived in Namuwongo but did not know that we were very close to where our hope would be renewed, at AMS. An elderly woman who was our close neighbour realized our distress and directed us to the clinic. I immediately got the first boda-boda (motorbike) with my daughter to AMS.

 On reaching the clinic, we were given priority and at that moment, I regained hope in saving my daughter’s life. After the emergency medical care had been given and realizing that she too was HIV-positive, the doctors got us a car and a reference letter in hand to Mulago hospital. We first despaired because we could not afford the private medical care but AMS’ Director Dr Pasquine not only gave me a reference letter; she made some calls to ease our way in getting the medical care that was beyond AMS. This I only discovered later as indeed we were given good medical attention while at Mulago hospital.

My daughter was on oxygen support for about 2 weeks and during this time we got care supplies from Mwama Mugimu, a wellness company that was partnering with AMS at the time. A team of doctors made sure that the oxygen tank did not run dry at any moment and my husband and I kept watch over her while taking turns.

Today, I look at Lucia, my 5-year-old daughter and I acknowledge that she is a miracle that Alive Medical Services helped to happen. I would have been grieving my child but, instead, I gladly share my happiness with others. My husband, daughter and I come regularly for medical care since the rest of our children are HIV-negative. I am forever grateful to AMS for all the love and care towards my family, especially my baby girl Lucia.

Through the maternal and child health services like antenatal care and elimination of mother-to-child services offered at Alive Medical Services, Juliet has been able to have another baby that is HIV-negative. It with immense gratitude that we share such stories of hope that are only made possible by donors like you. And with your continued support, we can ensure that the little ones like Lucy are born HIV-free.

We speak for countless women and children whose lives you impact when we say thank you!

Juliet, Lucia's mother with her brother
Juliet, Lucia's mother with her brother
Sr Florence, a nurse at AMS hugs little Lucia
Sr Florence, a nurse at AMS hugs little Lucia
 
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