Ghana Beds Project
A Ghanaian woman sits on the floor of her bedroom - a dark, empty room devoid of any belongings and only a sheet on the ground for a bed.
Her name is Rose. She's HIV positive and a member of the Kaleo Area Women's Development Association (KAWDA), a community based organisation that supports people living with HIV/AIDS in the Bekwai district of Ghana's Ashanti region.
In February 2014 Rose received a mattress as part of a project that provided beds to a group of women who are HIV positive and live in extreme poverty. Before receiving the mattress, Rose, like many women in Ghana, slept on the cold concrete ground, making her already compromised immune system more susceptible to opportunistic infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis, thereby accelerating her transition from HIV to AIDS.