Our Impact in Zambia
Bupe Sinkala— Site Coordinator, Lusaka, Zambia
Bupe is a community health worker, who is also trained to deliver some clinical services. This includes dry blood spot testing—a quick and effective method to test babies for HIV. This means that she can support stretched clinical staff, and ensure HIV-exposed infants are tested on time. As a Mentor Mother, Bupe says she dedicates her life to ensuring her clients have the information they need to make positive choices and stay in care for the long-term.
Bupe was diagnosed with HIV as she was preparing to get married. While her partner initially promised he would support her, he eventually left. Bupe felt broken and hopeless. One of her biggest fears—rejection—had come true. With support from her aunt, Bupe found the strength to recover.
When she heard that mothers2mothers (m2m) was recruiting women living with HIV to become community health workers, she felt that her experience could support others, and joined m2m in 2019.