A gifted and encouraging health worker, Mekinda loves working with women and their children. The key to her success, she said, is that she is able to put herself in her client’s shoes, and can therefore offer them the support they need. Mekinda, who is also HIV-positive, is a living example of hope to the women she meets.
“It’s not the salary that’s important to me. It’s what I can do for these women, the joy I feel when they smile, and that they trust me,” she says.
According to Mekinda, it used to be very difficult to convince mothers to test their babies.
“The results from the test had to be sent far away and would often get lost. This meant long waiting periods for the mothers. It is really important that a mother receives the results as early as possible. There is no time to lose if the baby is HIV positive,” says Mekinda.
For many mothers, this is the difference between life and death for their babies.