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General Mills employee carries on brother’s legacy

Michelle Meade, field selling assistant at General Mills, has done things that most people could not fathom – she’s helped test the blood of mothers and children in Zambia, Africa, who may be HIV positive.
Michelle Meade sitting on the ground with children in Africa

Making a difference

Meade began working with communities in Zambia after her brother, Dr. Tim Meade, founded Tiny Tim & Friends (TTF), an organization working toward zero transmission by providing high quality treatment, care and support to HIV positive children, adolescents and pregnant women in Zambia.“

It has been incredible to watch this grassroots effort my brother started in a tiny room at his clinic grow into having our own building with a small staff of dedicated, compassionate people who have become our family over the years,” says Meade.

Her brother, Tim, started the organization after moving from Russia to Zambia where he served as a medical director of a large family practice. He saw a need for specialist pediatric HIV services in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.

Over the course of 12 years, he provided care to children, adolescents and pregnant women, and built a team of medical specialists who developed programs to support the social and psychological needs of those patients.

Since TTF opened its doors in 2003, Michelle Meade has served on the board of directors and travels to Africa as often as she can to provide hands-on work with women and children.

Sadly, Tim Meade died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2016 at the age of 56. Through their grief, her family decided to keep Dr. Meade’s dream alive: To keep helping HIV positive children through TTF.