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Oct 24, 2019

Thank you for standing in solidarity with us!

Dear Supporter, 

We are extremely grateful to your unwavering support towards our cause. Your support has enabled children and adults living with HIV access counselling, testing, treatment and care. Our pan-India programme continues to accelerate efforts towards addressing barriers to treatment, improve treatment adherence, provide differentiated care and link to state welfare schemes.

Our work is possible because of the 90% of our frontline workforce who are themselves living with HIV and are passionate about empowering others going through similar experiences. Oftentimes, our frontline workers, known as counsellors and peer educators, go above and beyond to help individuals and families. For example, they take phone calls and visit hospitals beyond their work hours. When certain cost such as funeral is not covered by the project, they contribute individually and help the dead go with dignity by conducting the funeral ceremony.  Their commitment and enthusiasm are admirable. Your support has also supported these brave men and women to achieve significant milestones at ending AIDS in India. 

While our programme continues the work, the project on Global Giving comes to an end. However, updates on our work will be available on www.endaidsindia.org and www.allianceindia.org 

India still remains the 3rd largest population affected with epidemic and we will need your continued support in future to #EndAIDS

Thank you once again for your support! 

Sep 24, 2019

Story of an HIV survivor finding love again!

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Before Kamalini could properly adjust to her newly married life, she lost her husband, a truck driver, to HIV. She had no other choice but to accept her fate. She continued to live with her in-laws, then a few years later she started to frequently fall ill. When tested for HIV, her reports were positive. She was shattered to know that she will be on medication for lifelong. Feeling helpless, she registered herself with the ART Centre at Rourkela for the treatment. It was here that our outreach worker connected with Kamini.
 
During a course of time, Kamalini and Urmila (outreach worker) formed a close friendship as they were both HIV survivors. Urmila, trained in giving care and support services to people living with HIV, was able to impart HIV literacy and encourage Kamalini to adhere to her treatment regimen. “At the support group meetings held in the support centre, I met many who were living with HIV. They gave me hope. I thought, if they can, then I too can live a healthy and normal life”, said Kamalini.

Kamalini regularly attended the support group meetings and interacted with Urmila and other Outreach Workers who always extended support to her. They even introduced Kamalini to her future husband Santosh who is also living with HIV at Cuttack. Urmila along with another Outreach Worker from the Cuttack support center facilitated the first meeting between the families and in no time the wedding was fixed and Kamalini got re-married to Santosh. 

In January 2019, with proper guidance on Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV medication the couple gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Kamalini couldn’t be happier to finally have a family of her own. Urmila had helped her through every step. “To see Kamalini transform into this confident and happy woman that she is today gives me great joy and satisfaction”, said Urmila who shared Kamalini’s journey to health and happiness. 

Impact in numbers:
10100 (People Living with HIV) PLHIV newly registered with the programme 
4857 PLHIV dropped out of treatment were brought back to ART treatment 
5109 PLHIV were linked to social welfare schemes & entitlement 
95554 PLHIV screened for TB symptoms for the first time
3424  TB symptomatic clients among registered PLHIV referred to ARTC / nearest TB testing facility
36 Pregnant Women identified at the Program linked with PPTCT 

Jun 27, 2019

Fast-tracking HIV Response in India

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Dear Supporter, 

I would like to share with you about a remarkable young girl, a school drop-out, despite living with HIV and the challenges that come with it has pushed all boundaries to support the education of her younger siblings. 

Jyothi, 18, working in a textile company close to her village in Gadag district, Karnataka, is the main earning member of her family of four, consisting of her mother and two younger siblings. A few years ago her father was admitted to a government hospital where he was diagnosed with AIDS. During the testing of all family members, Jyothi and her younger sister tested HIV positive. Soon, her father passed away due to AIDS. Her mother who worked as a porter couldn’t earn enough for the family. The family didn’t have enough food to eat at times.

After Jyoti’s elder sister got married, Jyoti had to shoulder the family responsibilities. So she dropped out of the school to help the family and to keep her younger brother and sister in school. Jyoti was one of the adolescents to participate in our special training for adolescents living with HIV where they were provided with information and knowledge on sex, sexual health and gender. “I felt much more hopeful and confident after the training”, said Jyothi adding with a smile, “We could all share our challenges and encourage each other."

It has been seven years since Jyoti and her sister started ART, treatment for HIV at a government hospital. Their health has been steady and with the help of our team Jyothi’s mom is also availing the ‘widow’s pension scheme’. The small financial assistance is a big relief to the family and we salute their indomitable spirit. 

Major activities conducted during the quarter

HIV Testing for Spouses and Children: Our Care and Support Centres (CSCs) have been testing spouses or children of all persons tested HIV positive. However, we noticed only 30% followed through the testing. To understand the reasons behind poor testing, we conducted a small survey in randomly selected states.

As per the survey outcomes, the number one reason is a lack of awareness and health-seeking behaviour. We will work towards better education and counselling to help ensure HIV testing of spouses or children. And to continually train the outreach workers on counselling to ensure high efficiency.

There were other reasons such as spouse or children residing in other cities, not able to take time from work, not enough finances to travel to the testing centre, verbal confirmation of negative test result of the family members but no proof available etc. 

Educate Adolescents living with HIV: We worked with adolescents living with HIV in five states, Manipur, Rajasthan, UP, Maharashtra and Delhi to enhance their knowledge on sex, sexuality and gender. We trained 153 adolescents in master training and reached out to 1,289 youth through 12 Support group formed and led by 20 Peer Champions that were selected after the completion of the training. The training included dealing with self-stigma, social stigma and discrimination. 

Our initiative specifically bridged the knowledge gap for adolescents living with HIV on issues that are not only private but also deemed taboo in our society. The lack of awareness can lead to multiple risks and vulnerabilities. Now that they are equipped with the right information, they are much more capable to make informed choices. 

Media Advocacy-Tamil Nadu: A State Level event was held addressing the issue of Positive Blood Transfusion to a pregnant woman in Sathur GH, Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu State. There was a Press meet with the print and electronic media personnel in Virudhunagar district.  Virudhunagar District HIV Ullor Nala Sangam (VDHUNS); the Salem District Network of Positive People (SNP+) and other partners were engaged in this respect. This event was widely covered by the print and electronic media at the State level. Through this event, the Government, public and the service providers got sensitized and the government had announced various welfare and relief measures to the positive blood recipient including pregnant mothers.

Impact in numbers:
519520 people living with HIV were screened for TB in HIV care and treatment settings
82730 PLHIV who are lost to follow up (LFU) and missed were tracked back with a definite outcome
8362 people who were tested for HIV and 659 of those tested HIV positive were initiated on ART

 
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