May 2011 AIDS Patient Family Support Program Update
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Mark visited Cambodia in February 2011 where he met with our Home Care Coordinator and Team to review the status of each family in the FSP. All operational aspects of the FSP remain as described in the program description .The educational progress of the children was discussed along with other issues that need attention, such as the recent imposition of costs for previously fee medical services.
In December, Mark had learned of a significant development that will seriously impact the FSP families and program. Due to recent policy changes by Cambodia/s NPO medical providers, all patients, including the very poorest will now be required to pay fees for medical services which were previously free, such as blood tests and doctor visits. For families living on a razor’s edge of survival, an additional expenditure of $ 5 to $ 10 per month may create life threatening choices for patients. Unless the FSP provides additional funding, it is likely that previously stable patients may skip visits and medication leading to a decline in health and a possibility of developing drug resistant strains of HIV and TB.
For FSP families medicals fees will confront them with a choice of seeking the medical care essential to their continuing survival or of feeding their children.
Food and energy price inflation already threatens the stability of many families and their ability to maintain a level nutrition necessary for survival. At a time when our FSP budget is already gravely strained by a difficult fundraising environment, we must project a possible increase in the allocation to our FSP families of an additional $10,000 for 2011 to our current on site expenditure budget to pay these medical fees or face the simple fact that hungry poor families will choose food over medical care. At the present time we projected the 2011 FSP budget at $ 107,240 and have raised $49,000 from various donors leaving us with substantial funding needs for the second half of 2011.
We urge you to consider making a recurring donation to support our FSP. Just $ 27.50 will support one family for one week. Stable funding is essential for our continued effort to help the FSP families and to give the children in these families the opportunity to break the cycle of inherited poverty.
We are very grateful for your continued support of the AIDS Patient Family Support Program.
Barbara and Mark RosascoAttachments: