In 2003, a woman with AIDS, seven months pregnant and living in a bus terminal in Lusaka, Zambia was found by the good sisters of Kasisi Children's Home. After delivering the baby, Tim Meade, M.D. and a team of volunteers took turns bringing warm formula to the child. Unable to care for her newborn son, the mother asked "Dr. Tim" to take care of the baby. As a sign of gratitude, she named the baby Tim.
It was Tiny Tim’s story that inspired friends and family around the globe to get involved.
HIV counselor Lonely Tatila (left) speaks with patients at the Corpmed Medical Clinic in Lusaka, Zambia.
Tatila is an HIV/AIDS counselor for Tiny Tim and Friends (TTF), Lusaka’s only dedicated pediatric HIV/AIDS organization working with vulnerable children and orphans. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) partners with TTF to provide trainings and mentorship services for TTF counselors.
“Our medical team visits the [TTF] staff to provide guidance and support,” said Martin Phiri, EGPAF-Zambia project manager of child and adolescent development. “It helps us as employees of EGPAF to reach clients on the ground by working in partnership with TTF.”