My name is Enias Marama and I am 60 years old. I am a Public Health Officer trained at Loughborough University of Technology in the UK. I have been working in Zimbabwe with the Italian Non Goverment Organisation CESVI since 2001.
During my time at CESVI, we helped to pioneer the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in a rural setting in Zimbabwe. Initially, HIV testing facilities were only centralised at a few national hospitals in major cities. Antiretroviral treatment (ARV) for those HIV positive was not available. Those testing HIV positive were often sent back to their rural homes to die.