Mama Sasa of Lesotho

Grandma takes care of 27 people

© P.Virot/WHO 2004

Grandma Sasa, also known as Mama Sasa, takes care of twenty children and seven adults living with AIDS and without treatment. Their immediate families have died from the disease. Mama Sasa shares her house and everything else with them and most are not even directly related to her. "The first day we visited her house, Mama Sasa was out at a funeral", said the photographer. Three children died last year and now two are visibly ill. Both are very weak, one of them is coughing up blood and most likely has TB. With no treatment available, funerals are an everyday occurrence. Here in Lesotho, this Southern African country, 20-40% of the population is living with HIV.