Giulio Donini/UNITAID
Mercy Banda, 35, single mother with one child. She came to Namitambo Health Centre to get her ARVs and her first viral load test. She walked 7km to the clinic. She doesn’t understand what a viral load test really means but she understands she needs results during treatment. She also understands the importance of getting results quickly, as before it could take months.
Clinicians had suspicions that Mercy was failing treatment. The MSF/UNITAID team had to leave before her result was available, but if her viral load was over 1,000 copies per ml, they would start three months of enhanced adherence counselling.