Zambia: My Mum Has HIV Book Launch (September 2007)

U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Carmen Martinez, read the new book My Mum Has HIV to a group of children and their parents at the book's launch on August 30, 2007 at the American Center in Lusaka, Zambia. The book is part of an important initiative to remove stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, and geared to help those infected and affected by the epidemic to live positively.

"This book serves as an inspiration to all of us and reflects the strong leadership and commitment of all the men and women who came forward to share their stories. Their courage should help other parents to do the same, and to live positively without fear and shame," Ambassador Martinez said during the launch.

The book is based on the stories and experiences of Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC) members, whose struggles and triumphs led to the inspiration of My Mum Has HIV. Many people struggle with disclosing their HIV status to their family and this book provides examples of why it is essential. My Mum Has HIV was funded by the U.S. Ambassador's Small Grants Program, which is supported by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Emergency Plan/PEPFAR).

The book will be distributed free in Zambia, and available for loan from District AIDS Task Force offices, government clinics and other community-based and non-government organizations. The book is also available for a limited time online at U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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