I was diagnosed with HIV in 1992 when I was expecting a baby. Sadly, that was before the days of anti-retroviral medication and I was advised not to go ahead with the pregnancy. I was lucky to have excellent supportive care throughout this trauma, but many women still, despite the huge advances in science, which can enable them to have HIV-free babies, still experience enormous psychosocial challenges along their perinatal journeys.

This is why this programme, which provides such excellent peer-led care, respect and support is especially close to my heart. It is what every woman going through pregnancy deserves, if she wants it. I am a writer, researcher, trainer, anthropologist and activist, mother, partner and citizen of the world.