Back to the very start – A testimony of love

Back to the very start

Sarah is one of our first clients in 2007

I am Kukiriza Sarah Namata aged 46years. I came to Alive Medical Services (AMS) in 2007 after a friend recommended that I should get tested for HIV. This was after my sharing with her about my constant illness and weight loss for a prolonged period and general body weakness. I decided to come to AMS for testing with my daughter because after my friend’s assumption, I suspected that I was HIV-positive and my daughter was too.

AMS 10 years ago - Top and bottom Left - The reception, Top Right - The appearance of the AMS main clinic building in 2007, Bottom Right - AMS pharmacy with the pharmacists dispensing drugs

AMS 10 years ago – Top and bottom Left – The reception, Top Right – The appearance of the AMS main clinic building in 2007, Bottom Right – AMS pharmacy with pharmacists dispensing drugs

When I was diagnosed HIV-positive, my heart sunk and I felt like that was it for me, I was ready to die. I was worried because my daughter too was HIV-positive and I condemned myself for that.  I was disturbed and kept asking myself how my daughter had got infected because by then, I had limited knowledge on HIV.

When I was enrolled into care, I did not have any issues taking my medication because I had it at the back of my mind that I had to be healthy to watch my daughter grow and provide for her.

AMS has lifted me from a nobody to someone of good health, importance in my community and a good mother. Before I was enrolled on medication, my CD4 was as low as 200 but thereafter, my CD4 gradually improved. When the technology of determining the viral load was introduced, I realized that the virus in my blood was undetectable.

My life started to change for the better and through the nutrition support AMS offered to me, I gained back my weight and I look better than I did back in 2007. I currently carryout farming and that is how I can some income to take care of my family. I can also afford to buy several food stuffs for a balanced diet. Thanks to AMS for the 10 years of health, psycho-social, economic and other support, I am proud of who I am.