Powerful video shows how far the world has come in HIV treatment

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Powerful video shows how far the world has come in HIV treatment

One in four people in Lesotho have HIV (Picture: Vodafone Foundation)

Motsamai was born with HIV. 

When he was a baby, his mother, Maboe had to leave home at 8am and walk all day just to receive treatment for the virus, she also suffers from.

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The journey through rural Lesotho was so long that the 43-year-old often had to stay somewhere overnight just to receive treatment.

The tough challenge was faced by many in the African country, where one in four people are estimated to be HIV positive.

However, aged six, life for Motsami is very different.









Instead of having to walk miles to receive treatment Maboe and her son now benefit from a mobile clinic, run by the Vodafone Foundation, which meets them much closer to home.

Speaking ahead of World AIDS day, the mother said it is now her hope her son will ‘grow up and be healthy’.

The programme, which also combines Vodafone’s M-Pesa mobile money service,  is specifically oriented towards pregnant women, mothers and young children.

As many as 5,000 under 14s are estimated to be undiagnosed and living with HIV in Lesotho and their lives are therefore at immediate risk if they are not identified and put on treatment.

There are a further 7,000 children already diagnosed who require ongoing specialist HIV treatment.









For another mother in Maboe’s village who was diagnosed with HIV, the treatment from the mobile centres and M-Pesa funding, enabled her to give birth to her daughter without passing on the virus.

The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: ‘[The nurses] assured me that even if I was HIV positive I could have a child that was free of the virus.

‘And when she was born I was supported and she was given medication.

‘I told the nurses that I do not have the money to go to the health centre that frequently as it’s quite far. She told me to register for M-Pesa and Vodacom will assist with the cost of transport.

‘I feel very privileged. I am very happy that my daughter was born without HIV.’