Januray 12th, peer leaders from the support group, wanted to make the day special for smaller children(between the age group of 9 and 12 years) who access the hospital for their monthly check-up and collection of medicines .
The season being a harvest festival, the premises with the help of adult staff was decorated with rangoli designs and colours.This was a surprise to the usual plain walls of the hospital building.
The peer leaders, lead through a discussion on their health status and even helped smaller children understand the CD4 count process and its role on the immune status.
Later sport events to mark the festival were organsied to give them a festival feeling. Then with a loud chorus “pongalo pongal” (local greetings of the harvest time) children shared sweets and sugar cane.
For the peer leaders it was a new experience in making children feel loved and feel good, coming to the medical hospital through such events.For the smaller children, such festival time in the hospital was new and many expressed that this is one thing that cannot be forgotten in their lives.
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