Faces of the Fight

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The fight against HIV, TB and malaria has many faces. They span ages and geographies and gender. Their diversity shows us that these diseases don’t affect one “type” of person. We can all see ourselves in these champions – in their challenges, their hopes and their strength.

Join them in stepping up the fight through the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment this year.

Elhadj

Elhadj Diop became a malaria crusader in Senegal after the heartbreaking death of his daughter Ami nearly 20 years ago. “Ami’s death was a very difficult situation, because we didn’t know about this disease at that time. But it was at that moment I said, ‘I have a mission.’ It means reaching out to people, informing them about this disease and asking them to change their behavior. Elhadj Diop can’t fight it alone. It’s everyone, the whole village, the whole community.”

Olga

Olga Aniskevich of Belarus was blindsided by a diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. But the disease helped her figure out what’s most important in her life. “I feel happy when I create beauty and share it with others. I feel I have a mission because I beat tuberculosis. I should help, even if just one other person. I should create something for them, to help them deal with the most difficult situations when being treated for tuberculosis.”

Martha

Martha Clara Nakato was 14 years old when she learned she had been born with HIV. At first gripped by fear, she fought to overcome the misconceptions in her community. Today she is an advocate for young people living with HIV. “I believe that my story can break the stigma and discrimination in the communities and I also believe my story can empower other people living with HIV to keep strong.”

Zolelwa

Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba of South Africa tells the story of her fight to beat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. “TB is seen to be a dirty disease that can only infect a certain kind of person. But the truth is that anyone can get TB. The only thing that makes us susceptible to TB is the fact that we breathe. That’s the message I’m pushing: TB is all of our problem because we all breathe.”

Published 23 July 2019