Juliet Namanya and Lucia Kubari

Hope renewed for mother and daughter – A testimony of love

My name is Juliet Namanya. I am 33 years old and a mother of 4. My husband, children and I live in Luzira and three of us have been clients at 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 Kubari 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 with my daughter to AMS.

Lucia Kubari

Lucia with Alive Medical Services’ Sister Florence Amuron, also one of the team members that supported in saving her life in 2011

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 medical care that was beyond AMS. This I only discovered later as indeed we were given good medical attention while at Mulago hospital.

Healthy Lucia Kubari at AMS

Healthy Lucia Kubari with a smile, strikes a pose

My daughter was on oxygen support for about 2 weeks and during this time we got care supplies from Mwama Mugimu. 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 the children are HIV-negative. I am forever grateful to AMS for all the love and care my family, especially my baby girl Lucia.

Juliet Namanya and Lucia Kubari

Juliet Namanya with now healthy 5-year-old Lucia and her baby brother during their monthly appointment at AMS

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.