Meet Julian, a Counsellor at Alive Medical Services

Every day, patients gather outside Alive Medical Services’ counselling rooms. They filter in and out of the offices in a seemingly endless procession, waiting for their turn to catch up with our counsellors. One of those counsellors is named Julian, but everyone knows her as Mummy J. Her nickname came about not only because of

A Mother’s Love Resurrects a Dying Child

Taking care of a child – any child – is never easy. But when Irene found out her adopted daughter, Gift, was HIV-positive, she was at a loss for what to do. Gift’s diagnosis came during a difficult time, as Irene brought the baby to Alive Medical Services (AMS) when she was near death. After

The Law’s on Your Side: A Story of Strength and Perseverance

When Robert’s* company started withholding salaries from their employees, he tried his best to keep faith. “We’re going through a difficult time, his boss said, “We’ll get you your money soon.” Robert waited. Month after month, his boss paid him the bare minimum – 30,000 shillings here ($8 USD), 20,000 shillings there ($6 USD), always

Meet Beatrice, the Head of Nursing at AMS

Ever since she could remember, Beatrice wanted to be a nurse. “I saw a lot of suffering around me,” she said. “Even at a young age, I wanted to learn how to help.” Beatrice loved connecting with people, and she admired the way nurses cared for their patients – not only delivering essential medical care,

More Than Just Medicine: One Youth’s Story of Growth at AMS

Growing up, Anthony had always been sick. His mother took him to clinics, hospitals and health-care centers all over Kampala, but it wasn’t until age 10 that Anthony’s mother revealed the reason behind those visits. Anthony was HIV-positive, a concept he could barely understand and barely believe. “I kept asking myself, how could this happen

Achieving Social Justice for an HIV-Free Uganda

By the time Jean Paul* lost his job in 2014, he had grown used to putting up a fight. For years, he had battled HIV alongside his wife, both of whom are active clients at Alive Medical Services (AMS). He was used to fighting for his health – but what he was not used to