Two mothers, one preventable infection

At the Gates Foundation, we are striving towards a world where no parent loses a child to a preventable disease. Two mothers, one from upstate New York in the United States, and one from Johannesburg, South Africa, shared their stories with us.

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Amanda Caldwell

“He beat the odds like crazy.”

Amanda Caldwell
Broadalbin, New York
Thembalami Mazibuko

“She wasn’t ok, so they just took her away from me.”

Thembalami Mazibuko
Johannesburg, South Africa

“He beat the odds like crazy”

“She wasn’t ok, so they just took her away from me.”

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