Tiny Tim and Friendshttp://zambia.tinytimandfriends.org
In 2003, an HIV+ seven-month pregnant woman living in a bus terminal in Lusaka, Zambia, was brought to Dr. Tim Meade, Director of Corpmed Medical Centre, for free medical support. After delivering the baby, Dr.Tim and a team of volunteers worked together to support the mother by taking turns bringing warm formula to the child. Unable to care for her newborn son, the mother asked Dr. Tim to take care of the baby. As a sign of gratitude, she named the baby Tim. It was baby Tim’s story and the lack of specialist pediatric facilities for HIV+ children that inspired friends and family around the globe to begin Tiny Tim & Friends, with the aim to support HIV+ women and children throughout Lusaka.
Over 10 years later Tiny Tim and Friends (TTF) continues to work in some of the most underserved communities in Lusaka providing high quality treatment, care and support, free of charge, to HIV + orphans, vulnerable children and pregnant women.
How does TTF help?
TTF Free ART Clinic
Tiny Tim and Friends (TTF) supports over 900 children, adolescents and pregnant women per year through our free ART Clinic. We help individuals most in need by:
- providing them with antiretrovirasl (ARV) and non ARV medications, medical check-ups, adherence counselling and psychosocial support.
- working with each child and their family around their medical and social support to stabilise their health before transferrring them back into the government system
- working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Welfare, to ensure we are providing an essential component in the provision of ARV’s for vulnerable children and adolescents in Lusaka, Zambia.
Community Outreach Work
Tiny Tim and Friends works with partners and directly in communities around Lusaka, running outreaches in areas that have limited health services. Through outreach TTF will:
- identify vulnerable children and orphans who have HIV, and would have previously not been identified or accessed health services
- test and educate individuals on HIV - in 2014 we tested and educated 8,271 individuals through our outreach programme and identified 324 HIV+ individuals
- work with womenn's volunteer groups to build links between those in the community needing treatment and the TTF Clinic and social workers
- work in the heart of the community, where children and their families can be sensites and voluntarily tested
Prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT)
Total elimination of pediatric HIV is possible by ensuring that pregnant women have access to medication that can stop the transmission of the virus to their infant. As part of our prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)services, TTF provides:
- free HIV counseling and testing to pregnant women
- registration into our clinic for monitoring, pre and post birth counseling and advice
- initiation onto ARVs to help ensure that mothers do not transmit the virus to their infant
- reduced rates of transmission - in 2014 TTF had 0% transmission from our PMTCT group.
Counselling and Support Groups
TTF offers age tailored support groups and counselling to HIV+ children, adolescents and care givers to support them through:
- coping with stigma, stigma and discrimination; living positively; peer pressure and alcohol and drug abuse; sexual reproductive health; and medication adherence
- providing a support network for HIV+ children, adolescents and parents to talk freely about their status
- one to one counselling - in 2014 we provided 66 children with individual support on adherence, disclosure and nutrition
*Please note, everyone within our photos has consented to have their picture shown. Not everyone within the photos are HIV+.