Sunday, May 20: JoyFM radio show in Lusaka
The plane descended through the clouds, and I could see the city of Lusaka from my window seat. I began to think about the people I’ll meet this week: people who are helping prevent HIV in Zambia, people who are living with HIV and thriving thanks to treatment and support services, people who are suffering and stigmatized. It had been two years since my last trip with PSI, so I was feeling excited and nervous.
Nervousness quickly turned to awe when I met Connie.
Along with colleagues from PSI and my new friends from Alere who are traveling with me (they are donating 1 million HIV testing kits to PSI — more about them later), Connie and I were guests on the radio show of Mannasseh Phiri (a vegetarian, pig farmer, doctor, AIDS activist, radio host, and columnist… for real), which educates Zambians about HIV. Mannesseh is an amazing host, and Connie is just full of fire and passion. Her story is one of the most difficult and compelling I have heard. The two make an inspired team.
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