HOW TINY TIM & FRIENDS BEGAN
Tiny Tim & Friends story began in 2003 when a seven month pregnant, HIV+ woman, who was living in a bus terminal in Lusaka, was found by the sisters of a local orphanage and brought to Dr. Tim Meade for medical care and support. After delivering the baby Dr. Tim and a group of volunteers worked together to support the mother by taking turns to bring warm formula to the child.
As the new mother was too sick and unable to care for her newborn son, she asked Dr. Tim to take care of the baby. As a sign of gratitude she named the baby Tim. It was baby Tim and his mothers story that inspired Dr. Tim’s family and friends to begin Tiny Tim and Friends (TTF), with the aim to support HIV+ women and children throughout Zambia.
HOW TINY TIM & FRIENDS HAS GROWN
Starting off as a family project Tiny Tim & Friends has since grown as an local not for profit organisation, acquiring donors and supporters who have enabled them to develop their services, fill gaps in care, and support the needs of patients in Lusaka. Over 13 years since they first began supporting paediatric HIV care in a small clinic, Tiny Tim & Friends is now supporting over 850 patients per year at the TTF Clinic.
As they have grown they have developed new programmes ensuring that at risk children in Lusaka with HIV are receiving the full range the care and support they need to lead happy healthy lives. Today TTF offers support to HIV+ children and pregnant women both within the community and through the services at their clinic.