St.Petersburg-based non-governmental organization 'Doctors to Children'

DTC's mission is to protect the rights of at-risk children and families, and provide them with access to quality social, psychological and medical services. DTC's goals include: (1) Forming policies and public opinion around the issues of at-risk children and families, (2) Decreasing the number of neglected and abandoned children and at-risk children and families through prevention and multidisciplinary interventions, and (3) Providing access to high-quality medical, social and psychological care to at-risk children and families. To achieve these goals, DTC employs the following strategies: (1) Advocating for the rights of at-risk children and families; (2) Providing direct comprehensive ass...
Dec 23, 2013

Positive mama

I heard about MAMA+ center but I knew nothing about it before coming to "Doctors to children" organization. And I realize that this center is the only place, the only home you can go when you diagnosed with HIV and your life is ruined.


Imagine, you are a young woman, pregnant and left by your boyfriend. And accidentally you were diagnosed with HIV... What you should do? Where you should go? Who would you tell about your diagnose? Usually young women think their life is over and the only thing they can do is to abandon the child and leave him in orphanage. It is because medication from HIV is very expensive, because HIV means no job, no husband, no family, no life... In the world and in Russia particularly there still exist strong ban of people living with HIV, fear and stigma. Person HIV + is still abandoned by government and community. Imagine that situation when you have a baby... In other hand there are centers like MAMA+ for women HIV positive where they can get support and care, where they can be understands and helped. 


In St.Petersburg there are several centers MAMA+ under care of "Doctors to children" organization. Its unique place for those who were abandoned and turned out in difficult life situation. MAMA+ has psychologists, social workers, qualified volunteers and facilities like kindergarden and social dormitory. Women can attend HIV school  for mothers and learn how to take care of a baby being HIV+. The major thing of these groups is to help woman understand that she can be a mother no matter of her diagnose. To abandon the child and leave him in orphanage is not the right way. Its very important especially for Russia.

Nowadays MAMA+ centers work together with maternity welfare centeres in policlinics and hospitals to identify HIV+ women in difficult life situations and help them.

This experience is successfully replicated in another big city like Ekaterinburg. 

Dec 19, 2013

Recent news about Maksim and his mother

To date, the boy’s health status has improved. His mother’s everyday care and love have brought good results – the neurologist no more confirms ICP. The doctor marked improvements in the child’s psychomotor development. The boy has become more active and communicable. After the New Year’s celebration, the mother and the child are preparing for hospitalization for scheduled monitoring and treatment of Maksim’s main disease. The boy’s mother has also decided to manage her own problem: she is attending peer support groups at a rehabilitation center. Maksim accompanies her at every session. The woman has also improved relationships with her family members: she is no more in conflict with her father who could not understand her behavior and problems related to the disease. Maksim’s mother is still facing financial hardships, with all the money spent mainly on provision of care to the child (diagnostics, treatment, specialized monitoring). Kristina’s main source of support is her parents. They provide her with material assistance for raising her older children. The MAMA+ Project provides the family with psychosocial assistance, limited material support, as well as diapers, baby formula and clothes.
Presently, Maksim needs warm winter clothes and jumpers.

Dec 16, 2013

Latest news about MAMA+ project

volunteers and clients
volunteers and clients

World AIDS Day Action

Every year in early December, DTC jointly with Cosmetics traditionally hold an action devoted to the World AIDS Day. This year •• (Estée Lauder) volunteers visited DTC’s + Center again. The professional visagistes told the mothers about makeup specifics and gave them prompts for skin care, as well as engaged the women in a holiday makeup party.

The Estée Lauder Corporation and its brand osmetics provide support to DTC projects aimed at assisting HIV-affected women and children. “This is really a good tradition for us to hold the action jointly with M•A•C makeup designers on December 1,” says Olga Sukovatova, MAMA+ Project Coordinator. “All company employees, from visagistes to senior staff, are really concerned about the problem of HIV/AIDS”.

The World AIDS Day has been commemorated since 1988. In 1996, it was turned into a campaign against AIDS. In 2011-2015, the World AIDS Days will be held under the headline “Getting to a Zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS Deaths”.

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