Lindiwe (Photo: James Pursey)
My name is Lindiwe and I am 34 years old. I have been a nurse for 12 years. I started my career in 1998 as a general nurse but graduated with a diploma in midwifery two years later.
I have been providing prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services since 2005. I have also been trained in child nutrition and HIV care and treatment.
As a nurse, I have seen the results of PMTCT services in Swaziland, and they are quite amazing. Not only is the number of HIV-negative babies being born from HIV-positive women decreasing, but the mothers are healthy and happy as well.
We enroll pregnant women into PMTCT programs as early as their first antenatal care visit. Once they test positive for HIV, we reassure them that life does not stop. We tell them that they can be healthy and that their unborn child can be free of HIV and healthy too.
Conditions can be difficult for health workers like me. There are many people living with HIV in Swaziland, and there is never enough staff to care for everyone. But the reward is being able to witness HIV-positive mothers give birth to HIV-negative babies. These successes give us hope and energy to continue our work.
As a mother myself, I sympathize with HIV-positive mothers. They just want their child to be well and have a chance in life. I’m glad I can help make that happen.
Learn more about the Foundation's programs in Swaziland here
Photos: James Pursey