Rescue Ten Needy Children in Nepal with HIV/AIDS

 
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Jul 29, 2014

Caring for Nepal's most vulnerable children

Nutrition and health education for mothers
Nutrition and health education for mothers

At the New Life Center in Kathmandu, 84 HIV-infected children – half-younger than five – last year received not only treatment and medical care, but also psychological counseling and an appropriate diet. Center staff also took the children on outings and celebrated holidays and festivals to make certain that joy was a part of their lives.

While 53 children were returned home in stable health, readmission is very high because the children’s health often deteriorates rapidly once they return to homes without appropriate living conditions or nutritious food.   

To help families take care of their children, counselors educate mothers and caretakers in a series of sessions on nutrition and reproductive health. They also offer guidance on caring for their infected children once they returned home.

This comprehensive care model is a key to the Center’s success. Most children arrive with full-blown AIDS, including illnesses such as tuberculosis, malnutrition, and hepatitis, and return home with only HIV, ready to go to school and enjoy a happy childhood. If kids with HIV live hygienically, eat a nutritious diet, and try to avoid infections, they can typically expect to lead full and meaningful lives for around 25 years. By that time, it’s likely that additional treatments will be available to extend their lives even further. Most of the children don’t even need to take anti-retroviral drugs, which are difficult for people in rural and remote areas to obtain.

The New Life Center’s staff strives to find innovative ways to improve the livelihoods of their patients. For example, they planted a small vegetable garden and formed a partnership with Heifer International which contributed a few cows. These provide nutritious organic vegetables and fresh milk to the mothers and children at the Center.

Thank you for supporting these vulnerable children.

Namaste!

Informal education for children
Informal education for children

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Apr 29, 2014

New Life Center

Boys at New Life Center
Boys at New Life Center

At the New Life Center in Kathmandu, 88 HIV-infected children – half-younger than five – last year received not only treatment and medical care, but also psychological counseling and an appropriate diet. Center staff also took the children on outings and celebrated holidays and festivals to make certain that joy was a part of their lives. New Life Center has treated 400 children and educated 356 mothers since Nepal Youth Foundation began the program in 2006.

While 65 children were returned home in stable health, readmission is very high because the children’s health often deteriorates rapidly once they return to homes without appropriate living conditions or nutritious food.   

To help families take care of their children, counselors educate mothers and caretakers in a series of 48 sessions on nutrition and reproductive health. They also offer guidance on caring for their infected children once they returned home.

This comprehensive care model is a key to the Center’s success. Most children arrive with full-blown AIDS, including illnesses such as tuberculosis, malnutrition, and hepatitis, and return home with only HIV, ready to go to school and enjoy a happy childhood. If kids with HIV live hygienically, eat a nutritious diet, and try to avoid infections, they can typically expect to lead full and meaningful lives for around 25 years. By that time, it’s likely that additional treatments will be available to extend their lives even further. Most of the children don’t even need to take anti-retroviral drugs, which are difficult for people in rural and remote areas to obtain.

The New Life Center’s staff strives to find innovative ways to improve the livelihoods of their patients. For example, they planted a small vegetable garden and formed a partnership with Heifer International which contributed a few cows. These provide nutritious organic vegetables and fresh milk to the mothers and children at the Center.

Thank you for supporting these vulnerable children.

Namaste.

Frolicking in the sun
Frolicking in the sun
Mother and child at New Life Center
Mother and child at New Life Center

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Jan 29, 2014

A gift of new life

Boys blossom at New Life Center
Boys blossom at New Life Center

While HIV-AIDS affected children at New Life Center in Kathmandu receive care and medical treatment, their mothers and caregivers are educated on how to better care of them once they return home.

Mothers at the center last year received 48 sessions of training, covering everything from nutrition to reproductive health. They also learned skills to take home once their children were well enough to leave the center.

Last year, 88 children – half-younger than five – received medical care as well as psychological counseling and a nutritious diet.

“The mothers are happy,” said NYF’s President Som Paneru. “They feel very comfortable here because they are not stigmatized here. And after living here for three months, their child gets healthy. You don’t believe looking in their eyes that this child is carrying HIV aids.Our aim is to provide them with a comfortable life as long as they live.”

New Life Center is the only such home in Nepal that offers a holistic approach to caring for children affected with HIV-AIDS.

Thank you supporting these vulnerable children.

Namaste.

Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition
Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition

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Nov 4, 2013

Offering new life to children with HIV-AIDS

A girl who lost her parents to AIDS
A girl who lost her parents to AIDS

Living with the complicated regimes of antiretroviral treatments is a challenge for anyone affected by HIV-AIDS. For the impoverished HIV-infected children in Nepal, the expensive treatment can be simply out of reach.

At the New Life Center in Kathmandu, 88 children – half-younger than five – last year received not only treatment and medical care, but also psychological counseling and an appropriate diet. Center staff also took the children on outings and celebrated holidays and festivals to make certain that joy was a part of their lives. New Life Center has treated 400 children and educated 356 mothers since Nepal Youth Foundation began the program in 2006.

While 65 children were returned home in stable health, readmission is very high because the children’s health often deteriorates rapidly once they return to homes without appropriate living conditions or nutritious food.   

To help families take care of their children, counselors educate mothers and caretakers in a series of 48 sessions on nutrition and reproductive health. They also offer guidance on caring for their infected children once they returned home.

Some children do not have a home to return to. Four children at the center last year lost their parents to AIDS. Since it is a transitional center, staff found permanent homes for them. Our staff reports that they are adjusting well and have made many new friends.

Thank you for supporting these vulnerable children.

Namaste.

Three boys orphaned by AIDS find new homes
Three boys orphaned by AIDS find new homes
A daily dose of joy is part of the treatment
A daily dose of joy is part of the treatment
Children at the New Life Center
Children at the New Life Center

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Aug 5, 2013

New Life for Nepali children with HIV/AIDS

New Life Center children at play
New Life Center children at play

HIV/AIDS is a rapidly growing problem in Nepal, fueled by ignorance about HIV prevention and brutal discrimination against people with AIDS. Many children with HIV are forced to leave their schools, and infected women are often abandoned by their husbands. Because of this stigma, many people avoid being tested and hide their symptoms of AIDS for as long as possible. According to a U.N. study, more than 80% of Nepalis with HIV have not been diagnosed.

New Life Center offers what its name promises – a new start for the 88 children with HIV/AIDS and their caretakers who were treated at the center in 2012-2013.  The program provides lifesaving treatment to children while teaching their caretakers, most of whom also have HIV, to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This training dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring the illnesses that make HIV develop into AIDS, and lets infected people lead fulfilling lives. During the months that children and their guardians spend there, they receive food, housing, and all medical treatment for free.

Opened in 2006, the center can house 18 children and their caretakers for several months. Last year, the center admitted 79 new children – 43 boys and 36 girls, in addition to 9 children who remained from the previous year. More than half of these children were under the age of 5.

It is the only facility in Nepal that uses a comprehensive, holistic approach to helping HIV-positive children. Its nurses, nutritionist, doctor, and other staff provide:

For the children: education and enriching activities

For their caretakers: training in nutrition, health, literacy, and income generation

For both: nutritious meals, 24-hour medical care, and counseling to improve their self-confidence and help them manage the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

Most children who are admitted to the Center suffer from health problems such as malnutrition and tuberculosis. Rather than only treating their symptoms, the Center implements a three-pronged approach consisting of clinical therapy, nutritional therapy, and psychological therapy. While the nurses treat the patients’ health issues and give anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the effects of HIV infection, the professional nutritionist and cook plan and prepare healthy, well-rounded meals. Professional psychological counselors help the children and their guardians learn to live with the stigma of HIV/AIDS and improve their self-esteem. 

The nurses and nutritionist complement the treatment with a series of educational programs for the caretakers. The topics include nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, the dietary needs of children of different ages, reproductive health, and illnesses that commonly afflict people with HIV. This training enables the parents to avoid many of the diseases that are particularly dangerous to HIV-positive people and to eat a balanced diet using inexpensive, locally available foods to keep themselves and their children as healthy as possible. The children also participate in enrichment activities such as celebrating Nepali festivals and taking trips to the zoo.

After several months, when the patients’ health problems have been alleviated and the caretakers are fully trained, they return to their homes.

Some children have no homes to return to. Last year, four children were orphaned after their parents died of AIDS and were moved to another facility that provides long term care. These children have made friends and are adjusting well to their new home.

Many live productive lives for years by practicing what they learned at the New Life Center. If they need additional treatment or if their health worsens, they can return to the Center for free follow-up care at any time.

The Center’s staff has taken initiative to raise money for the program. In addition to requesting donations from visitors and supporters, they print and sell t-shirts and note cards. They formed a partnership with Heifer International, which contributed two cows, who are a source of fresh milk to nourish the children and sell for additional income.

Mothers at center learning about good nutrition
Mothers at center learning about good nutrition
New Life Center children
New Life Center children

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Jackie Frost

Sausalito, California United States

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