During the last three months since our reporting in Sept’ 19, the comprehensive intervention comprising of nutritional kit distribution and counseling for the victims of the dreaded HIV have been going on as usual .
At present, a total of 100 children living with HIV receive the nutritional kit every month. There are more than 500 children living with HIV are in immediate need of the nutritional and other interventions that form part of our activities in our region.
We are able to make use of the benevolent support of Global Giving to appeal to individuals and others, pleading for support for those children who are in need. And we approached a few cooperate agencies and could ensure similar help to some more needy children living with HIV. But for the benevolent donors of Global Giving, this yeomen service for the hapless child victims of the dreaded HIV would not have been possible
Individual Attention to the most needy child
The life of the little girl Sumathi a typical example of the kind of extremely pathetic life the children living with HIV have to undergo here. Sumathi (name changed) belonging to the small village of Musiri district of Trichirapalli district in Tamil Nadu state ofSouth India. She is 13 years old and studying in 7th grade.
Her HIV condition is known to almost all in the school. Barring some teachers, none of the children moves with her for fear of contracting HIV. The stigma is found in each and every one of the social occasions and get-together such as marriage and in the schools in which the children living with HIV, study. Her own brother, the only sibling of hers curses her often to die, as it is embarrassing for him to live with a sister living with HIV.
During the monthly peer group meeting for the victims of HIV held at our community centre , Mr Andrew McElroy and Mr. Robert from the USA visited our SPPD campus at Musiri and took part in the Nutrition kit distribution event on A total of 35 children living with HIV together with their parents (most of whom are HIV infected) participated in the meeting.
The visitors also interacted with the children and their parents. Sumathi (nmae changed) was very frail and puny for her age of 12 years. She is studying 7th grade and has been very good in studies. Mrs.Anitha described to the visitors the humiliating stigma the little girl has been undergoing in her neighborhood and also in the school. At that time, on noticing one child Sumathi ( Name changed) being in highly emaciated condition, Mr. Robert wished to help the girl as much as he could.
Later our team members took her to the hospital at Musiri and made her undergo complete health check up. Upon finding her CD4 count being extremely low the doctors advised to take care on her nutritional intake and gave other prescriptions. And as Sumathi’s health is being closely monitored by our team members, she is improving very much and her CD4 count has recorded substantial increase now. Such individual attention also have become possible due to the aid received from Global Giving.
Therefore, again we wish to thank Global Giving platform and all its individual donors for making this intervention to the children living with HIV possible.
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