The HIV-positive and AIDS sufferers ought not to be doubly disadvantaged: They comprise a vulnerable group whose rights must be looked after. This is the focus of Diakonia's partner organisation TALC in Zambia.
HIV-infected at the age of 13...
One person who has received help from TALC is Memory Phiri. She was only 13 when she was raped and infected with HIV. When she found out she was infected, she knew what it meant. Both of her parents had already died from AIDS. Now the same thing was going to happen to her.
...and an important part of her country's future
But as Memory approaches 20, her situation looks considerably brighter. Her diagnosis was not the end of her life. Instead, she is an important part of Zambia’s future. Because she is the leader of the country’s first support group for children and young people living with HIV and AIDS.
Cares about the world by being open about her HIV status
Memory takes her medicines twice a day, seven days a week. And she does so without shame or guilt. By being open about her HIV status, she is showing courage, taking responsibility and demonstrating that she cares about her world.
Memory Phiri is active in Diakonia’s partner organization TALC and is leading Zambia’s first therapy group for young people with HIV and AIDS. Photo: Markus Marcetic