She is scared and doesn’t have an idea of what it is, but has survived to tell horror stories of the extremely painful side effects of the drugs she has been taking since she began treatment a year ago.
She pulls out a warehouse of medicine strips from a ziplock bag to show. Prema has a cocktail of 13 pills every day, day after day, for two years. But she is happy that her 9 month period of injectables is over.
She travels once a month from her crowded home leaving her two daughters, aged seven and seven and six other members of her family in a slum in Kandivili, a suburb north of Mumbai to the facility managed by international humanitarian medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in Khar, located in the heart of the city.