Caring for People Affected by HIV & AIDS in Nepal

by AIDSLink International
Caring for People Affected by HIV & AIDS in Nepal

The young generation is a key to fight HIV pandemic and AIDSLink Nepal is busy engaging with these people so that they may be able to preserve those who are not infected. The team is busy recruiting young people to be part of their team so that they can send them into different parts of the country to do this work of HIV. Some people they are staying in the deep rural areas with the hosting families, and this is really encouraging to see some of the workers who have worked in rural areas are making a difference in the communities.

These workers are engaged in hospitals, home visits and schools. The team had the opportunity to go to 5 different schools in Siraha and Syangja Districts. The school’s admin gave them time to go to different classes.  The AIDSLink Team was happy to take the classes and this was a golden opportunity to the team. The school principal of the school appreciated the AIDSLink Team for visiting their school and teaching HIV and AIDS awareness in classes because this topic is part of the curriculum, and this made it easier for the team to share.

The principal of the school was open to the team, and he shared that the students are not open to the school staff on this area of HIV but surprisingly saw the difference when AIDSLink team were at their school. The students were open and friendly with AIDSLink team, and they learnt a lot about HIV and AIDS.

One girl from 12th grade said, ‘Before, I learned that the couples who are living with HIV cannot have children but now I know that they can have children.’ This kind of stories are many where people think people living with HIV cannot have children but the health has proven that they can have children and can actually give birth to HIV negative babies.

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Sometimes our plans don’t go according to how we thought!

We had planned to have a workshop on healthy families and HIV and AIDS Awareness  at Chapakot.  We arrived on Sunday as the training was to start the next day. We woke up on Monday morning with hope to see new people, but as time passed, no one came. One hour later a sick woman came. I did not understand completely what was happening.  We gathered together with the lady and we sang a couple of songs.  Shortly after that, participants slowly started to arrive at the venue.  Sixteen people came for the training and three of them were touched in a significant way.

One baby boy was unable to suck from his mother breast.  Our team member visited their family and interacted together with the woman.That night he began to suckle successfully! A baby girl was sick with stomach pain, headache and vomiting.  Her parents asked us to pray for her and after three days she was completely healed!

The first woman we mentioned had many different problems in her life. She was feeling alone and not feeling loved.  She had fear because of all the stress and anger.  She joined us for the four days of training.  Every day after training we interacted with her and listened.  By the end of our time together, she was so much better than when she arrived.   

We did not have plans to visit any schools, but a door opened to go to one, and so we did.  The school head principle gave two hours’ time for HIV and AIDS Awareness class.  We had 22 students join us from the 6th, 7th and 8th gradeclasses. They learned how HIV is transmitted and how it is not transmitted.  All the students were interested to listen to the story and learn action songs. 

We found that even though our original plans did not go the way we had thought they would go, it turned out even better!

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 Hope in hopelessness 

By Petrus Darlami - Leader of AIDSlink in Nepal 

Namo Devi (Name Change), has been HIV positive since the last 10 years. Her finance condition was poor and helpless for a single woman. She has been working hard for their survival with her 3 children (2 sons and 1 daughter). After the dead of her husband, she becomes hopeless and helpless totally as her family condition became weaker and weaker day by day.

 She suffers from many financial and health problems that she became hopeless thinking about the future of her children. She thought because she got HIV positive; she can't do anything anymore for her and her children. She was thinking she will die soon.

 After all the thoughts she had, one day she met a person of AIDSLink Nepal staff. AIDSLink Nepal was supporting that area for education fees for other PLHA families. The AIDSLink Nepal staff member listened to her situation from there on they were able to support her daughter with education fees. Through the education support, her daughter is studying grade 8. She got a golden opportunity to get good education.

 In the whole process Namo Devi also started taking ART which makes her become healthier again. Her health condition is developing very well and becomes better than each and every day. Now, she is living happily with her children, working hard to feed her children. She works in her own farm to run her family business, but still her economic condition is very low and her house is small and old. It is very difficult to live in such a house in the rainy season as her house becomes worst and breakdown. Still she is fighting and working hard for their survival. We hope that she will be able to get help and be able to get a new house for her and her children.

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By Petrus Darlami - AIDSLink Nepal Team Leader


 We as AIDSLink Nepal team, thank you for the continuous support with the study program support. We were able to help one of the single parents to take her child to school. Below is a short message of the child that received a sponsorship to study.

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for your great support that enable me to study. Without your support I would not have been able to study without because my mother is a single woman, and my family economic status is not good.

I am in my last year of studiesworking towards my goal of becoming a B.Sc. Nurse. The financial assistance you provided has of great help to me in paying for my educational expenses, and it allowed me to concentrate more on studying. It has been a great platform for the less privileged females like me to head towards the road of success. The organization is truly working for the right purpose of helping in building the empowerment of the women.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise to work very hard and eventually give something back to others especially in my community, both as a health worker and possibly a sponsor to future students like myself.

Thank you for your great support, I am very much grateful to you.

Your Sincerely Supported Student, Sujita Mahato Golbazar-10, Siraha 

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Family Visits in Kathmandu 
Thank you for your valuable support in these difficult times. In spite of the challenges of COVID 19, and in keeping with the restrictions, we have been able to help nearly 300 clients each month.

Visiting families in their homes and drinking cups and cups of tea with them gives us opportunities to talk and listen.  

One lady was sharing about her time in lockdown. She was fearful and worried about what would happen to her daughter if she died. Then she lost her job and had to leave the city. Staying in the village is hard for her and makes her daughter's education harder. Lockdown continued and lasted half a year in the end.

She decided to come back to the city because of her need for ART medicine. As a widowed mother living with her teenage daughter she alone has to provide food, housing, and for her daughter’s education, even though she is often sick. 

When she came to the city, she was unable to find a job. No one was willing to give her work because of COVID19. She felt lonely and desperate. But the AIDSLink staff kept calling and encouraging her throughout this hard time.

They helped with money for her daughter's education. She said,” I appreciated this support so much. After my husband died, I felt like no one cared for me. It is really hard to live in a community when you have HIV and if I tell people I have it I am unable to get a job. The AIDSLink team became one of the pillars of my life.”


We have been able to conduct some in-person training in rural areas, but when we look south to the situation with COVID-19 in India, we are concerned about what will happen in Nepal.

AIDSLink International has started running online Channels of Hope workshops. We are looking at conducting one of these for the Nepal team and other local volunteers.

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