Doris is a seamstress, jewelry-maker, and proud mother. When Doris was diagnosed with HIV in 1998, treatment for HIV/AIDS was not widely available in Ghana.
Now, thanks in part to Global Fund-financed programs supported by (RED) funds, life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) medication is available in Ghana. Doris has been taking ARVs since 2003. As a founding member of the Wisdom Association, a Global Fund-financed support group in Ghana,
Doris teaches other HIV positive individuals how to make bracelets as a means of generating income for themselves and the Wisdom Association.
Doris enjoys connecting with other HIV-positive community members, “it makes me happy to help others who feel alone when they find out about their status.” Also, thanks to treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the kind of treatment funded by (RED)-supported Global Fund grants, Doris is now a mother of a four-year-old HIV negative son.