After losing three children to HIV in the ‘80s, Connie never thought she’d become a mother again.
But thanks to medical interventions and antiretroviral treatment, today the Zambian woman is raising Lubona, an HIV-free little girl.
Tuesday marks World AIDS Day, and one of the greatest achievements to date has been the decline in mother-to-child transmissions. According to the World Health Organization, 17 countries, including Cuba, Chile and the U.S., may have eliminated the transmission of AIDS from mother to child.
To demonstrate what that milestone looks like, renowned photographer Rankin snapped images of HIV-positive mothers in Zambia posing with their HIV-negative children.
The series came together as a partnership through Bank of America and (RED), a group that’s working to fight AIDS and support people living with the virus. Bank of America has committed $10 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS to provide antiretroviral medication to women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
These are some of their stories.