It is almost two years today since 30 years Ngong Mabel Bi and 40 year old Yuh Maurice Ngong, had their set of triplets – Praises, Favor and Rejoice. It has been HIV Free at last! three years of praises, rejoicing and thanksgiving to God for His favor on their family.
However, two years ago, the atmosphere in their family was different- It was generally that of sadness as the family underwent a period of trial. And for the HIV-Free Northwest project, seeing these children still alive and thriving today is one story that speaks to the success of mother to child HIV prevention services.
For the records, it should be recalled that it was in 2013 that the story of this young discordant couple made headline news. Mabel and Maurice had just had a set of Similar feelings have been expressed by families after they received that very triplets, yet were not able to fully celebrate their blessing as the news of the wife’s important final test result at 18 months. Many now believe that an HIV Free generation + HIV status also broke out and so stole away the joy that always comes with is truly possible.having new born babies in a family.
This was the first HIV-Free triplets documented under the HIVF project, and the couple accepted to appear on National radio and TV in Cameroon for pro-PMTCT education using their story as a testimony. Two years after, this is how big the children have grown. Most importantly, their final PCR at 18 months came out negative – implying all three babies are now completely free from HIV.
Mr. Yonghabi Promise, PMTCT Coordinator indicates that the successful end of the PMTCT intervention in the case of Mabel and Maurice is highly attributed to the commitment to treatment by Mabel and the strong partner- support from her husband, Maurice.
Mr. Yonghabi concludes in these words:
‘If other men could copy the example of Mr. Yuh, more children will be born HIV-Free”.
Today, Mabel has that privilege to play with her children and is happy that the treatment she received has been able to help her to avoid infecting her babies. Mabel However, two years ago, the atmosphere in their family was different- It was says:
“When I was told I will still be able to have children that are not infected, I did not one story that speaks to the success of mother to child HIV prevention services. Believe! Now I believe and my husband and I will keep using our story as a true testimony to encourage other people who are in similar situations like us”.
Similar feelings have been expressed by families after they received that very triplets, yet were not able to fully celebrate their blessing as the news of the wife’s important final test result at 18 months. Many now believe that an HIV Free generation is truly possible.