Last year, we were honored to have Leon Mbae, from the Tumaini Medical Center in Isiolo, Kenya, join us for the Red Tie Gala. This year, he has a special message for those who generously gave during last year’s gala:
Leon and the staff at Tumaini Medical Center help transform their community and end HIV/AIDS stigma one person at a time. While much of the battle against HIV happens in clinics and hospitals, true transformation happens when the whole person is addressed. As the link between the clinic and the community, Leon plays a vital role in that transformation, leading support groups and counseling patients.
Support groups allow members to come together as they wrestle the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS so they can see that they are not alone, that there is hope for the future, and that they can continue to live positively. Because of the incredible generosity of our supporters who stood with us in the fight against this stigma at last year’s Red Tie Gala, Leon has started 15 support groups since January and moved them into the local communities!