A Year Later: Mother of Twins Updates BOTUSA News on Progress
Mosweu and her twins a year ago after discovering through early infant testing that her babies were HIV-negative
Last year, BOTUSA News interviewed Francistown resident Balekanye Mosweu on her participation in the Botswana PMTCT program. The HIV-positive mother had just given birth to twins and was relieved that both babies were born free of the virus. In October, BOTUSA News revisited Mosweu and her twins to catch up and see how the family is doing.
Thata and Thatayaone are growing well and are both healthy. The girl has never had any serious illness and the boy had pneumonia once which was treated successfully. Both children interact and play with the kids in the neighborhood. Thata, the girl, is more talkative than the boy and appears more independent.
"Thatayaone learns a lot from his sister," Mosweu says.
Mosweu's partner is now employed at a local mine and they are being assisted by Social Workers with a food ration every month for the children. All this has relieved them from some of the challenges they face. Nevertheless, the main problem Mosweu is encountering is being alone to look after the children and do the house chores. She says that every morning she has to leave the twins with neighbors so she can go to the clinic for her daily TB treatment.
A year later the mother says her twins are healthy and still doing fine.
Mosweu says she plans to educate her children to grow up and be responsible citizens with jobs. She also plans to tell them the truth about her successful path to ensure that they did not get infected with HIV. She is proud of her children and tells family members and friends about the success of the PMTCT program.
"I urge everyone to go for HIV testing and to utilize all available services," she said.
BOTUSA Nurse Catherine
Motswere contributed to this