Denis is nine months now. He has grown up a lot and feels good at the moment. The boy has taken two tests at the AIDS Center - all negative. We hope that he has no infection. Due to the project support, Katya regained documents and registered for government children’s allowances. All this time, Katya has been attending peer support groups regularly at the MAMA+ Center and working actively with the project psychologist. Together with the project staff, Katya is trying to solve the housing problem, as her family of six is currently living in a one-room apartment. Denis is attending the local children’s outpatient hospital for monitoring. Due to special nutrition, his disbacteriosis and allergy have almost been cured. Katya was assisted in purchasing a crib and other things for her baby. The woman has improved the relationship with her partner – the boy’s father. Presently, they are living together, with the man working and taking care of them.
Now MAMA+ staff members are sure that the child will stay in his family. Katya and Denis will continue to receive the project assistance until the boy takes all HIV tests and examinations (usually up to the age one and a half years old). We will keep you informed of any changes in this family.
Thank you for your support!
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”.
Maksim (1 year old)
Maksim’s mother used drugs for a long time. The baby was born prematurely with severe nervous system impairment. Right after his birth, Maksim underwent brain surgery. He is very friendly and joyful. However he has serious developmental delays.
His current development level corresponds to the age of six months. Maksim is loved by his mother who tries to do all she can to ensure his recovery.
Doctors say that if the boy is given proper treatment and care, by the age of 5 years old his health status will conform to age norms. Maksim is facing one more operation.
Maksim is the third child in the family. His mother is alone to take care of her children, while his father is in prison.
Maksim needs your support. He needs baby formula, a course of massage, medicaments and medical examinations.
Lyuda (3 months old)
Lyuda is the first child in the family. Her mother used drugs for three years and contracted HIV and hepatitis .
It was a complicated delivery. The girl was born with a pulmonary disease and nervous system disorder. Lyuda was hospitalized for a long time for a course of treatment, with two weeks of artificial lung ventilation.
Upon her discharge from the hospital, the girl was prescribed a long-term and expensive treatment which the family cannot afford.
Lyuda’s health status is getting worse.
The family is in a difficult life situation.
Lyuda’s father is in prison. Her grandmother is suffering from a lung cancer.
To recover the girl needs special milk formula and material support to get medication.
Denis (6 months old)
Ekaterina, Denis’s mother, was abandoned by her parents when she was nine. At 21 she gave birth to Denis. She loves him much and provides him with proper care. Denis is growing up a resilient and joyful boy. His mother is alone to raise him.
The boy is on formula feeding, which caused allergy and disbacteriosis. To prevent these, his mother has to buy special formulas which are expensive. Ekaterina had problems with documents. That is why she has not received allowances yet.
Money she has is not enough to provide the boy with things he needs.
Presently Denis needs a crib. The boy still sleeps in a portable bassinet. Also he needs special baby formula (breast milk substitutes).
We hope for your participation and support. Together we will ensure a healthy future for children!
Rita is growing up. The 7-month-old girl is now 67 centimeters tall and weighs 6.5 kilograms. She has already learnt a lot: she can roll over and tries to sit down, still facing developmental delays. Her favorite activity is taking an evening bath. She looks like a very joyful girl. MAMA+ Project staff members continue to provide this family with assistance. The main focus of their work is psychological support for the mother and care for her daughter’s health.
Lera is learning to be a mother. Now she knows what it is like to have sleepless nights when the baby is crying sick or teething, and how pleasant it is to see a smile on her daughter’s face. MAMA+ staff members assist Lera and Rita to understand each other. Lera attends specialized training sessions for mothers, facilitated by the project psychologist. She also visits medical specialists at the AIDS Center.
With Rita’s birth, Lera sees no way back to her past. She is currently making every effort to protect her daughter from her negative experience.
Unfortunately, born prematurely, Rita is facing a lot of health problems. Due to her weakened immune system, the girl is often sick. Her mother’s infectious diseases and complicated delivery resulted in Rita’s delays in psychophysiological development. It has taken a lot of efforts from Lera and the project staff to maintain the girl’s health status: Rita is constantly in need of medical consultations, examinations, tests, and medicaments. A course of physical therapy would also be very helpful to her.
We want to support this family and will appreciate your participation!
Recently, a new family has been taken on MAMA+ Project supervision.
Project staff members first met with Zhanna several months ago, when she was six months pregnant. She was brought to the MAMA+ Center by her friend, a MAMA+ client.
Zhanna was alone and needed help. She was worried about herself and the future of her child.
Though resembling many other stories of MAMA+ clients, Zhanna’s story is unique.Over several years, she was injecting drugs. She contracted HIV while a drug-user. She was keeping her diagnosis secret. Zhanna lives in a communal apartment together with her mother whom she is in conflict with.
By the moment of MAMA+ enrollment, she had spoiled relations with her child’s father. As she was pregnant, she often used to take sick leave, which finally created serious financial problems.
+ staff provided Zhanna with consultations and psychological support. They assisted her in taking a maternity leave. They helped her prepare for the childbirth, provided her with babies’ clothes, a crib and a carriage.
“I was struck by the news that I was pregnant. I had no idea what I could do and if I could raise my child on my own. I’m grateful to my friend for telling me about the MAMA+ project. This is the only place where I can speak about my illness freely and be sure that I will always get help”, says Zhanna.
Her son Artyom was born on January 12, 2013. As he was born premature and needed medical assistance and additional care, Artyom was transferred to a children’s hospital in Leningrad region. In the maternity hospital, Zhanna was tested positive for TB. She was prescribed a course of treatment. Her apartment was subject to sanitation.
Presently, Artyom is placed in a babies’ home, as Zhanna had to leave him for a while until she had her health problems resolved. Artyom is visited by the project staff: they bring him diapers, milk formula and clothes. A TB patient, Zhanna cannot visit her son. She is taking treatment and renovating her room, looking forward to Artyom’s return. She has already taken first steps to have him back home: she has obtained Artyom’s birth certificate and registered him at their room. MAMA+ staff will assist Zhanna in registering for children’s allowances after the boy’s return. Meanwhile, the woman continues to receive the project assistance and attend peer support group sessions and seminars for clients at the MAMA+ Center.
This small family is currently facing hard times: Zhanna and her little son are in need of your support!
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