GIVE LIFE FOR 55 HIV CHILDREN IN TAMILNADU, INDIA (8640)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH:
GLOBAL GIVING – ONLINE DONATION
REPORT TITLE: HEALTH SEEKING BEHAVIOR
25.01.12 TO 26.03.12
NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CLHA
Last two months we provided the Nutritional support to the CLHA / CIA (Child live with HIV / AIDS or Child infected by AIDS) at our Global Giving aided project centre at our NGO campus Thoothukudi district. As a change we gathered them all CIA at Thoothukudi District positive Network centre. All children participated in the programme with much eagerness. As a package containing seven nutritious materials were provided to 27 CLHAs. Every package contained
v Date syrup Tonic - Last time we provided them Date Fruits. As some children felt some dental problem this time we provided them date syrup Tonic.
v Nutritional Flour - various grains and Almond etc.
v Corn flaks
v Bengal gram – Last time we provided them white gram. As the black gram is more nutritional than the white gram. We provided them black gram this time.
v Raw ground nuts
v Green gram
v Palm sugar
In this programme Dr.Pandian, Medical Officer, Anti Retroviral Therapy Clinic Thoothukudi, Medical College Hospital (ARTC) centre Medical Officer participated distributed the Nutrition materials to the children. When he gave the presidential lecture, he thanked our all online donors through Global Giving for the Nutritional support provided to the CLHAs and the travel fare provided to the children who take ART. Also he mentioned that the ART lack has decreased. Also informed his desire of having these CLHA such a type of programmes together being conducted by the Global Giving at their ART centre, Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital. Not only the children but also the parents of them welcomed this programme with much interest. Through this programme Relationship between the ART medical officer and CLHA increased. In the presence of Eunuch angeela Jeevan, (Thoothukudi District HIV positive. Network president) this programme was convened. Also community social worker Mr.Devaraj participated in this meeting . At the end of the programme Dr. J.Tagore Derose (Director – CRS) delivered the vote of Thanks.
CHILD TO CHILD EDUCATION
Being centred the children to motivate their talents and bring out their interest in continuing education this meeting was organized. Talented HIV infected children shared their educational activities and experiences to the other children. Through this instinct was motivated by the children like them. An infected child Muthu talked about the importance of talking ART (Anti Retroviral Therapy) continually , because this child Muthu is taking ART regularly. Also she mentioned that our CD4 in White blood cells would increase and we would not be affected with any opportunistic infection. Being heard this a child named Muthumari revealed her past experience of ART taken with fear. She has started to take ART since the last month. She said that should take the ART regularly without any fear. CLHA boy named Vijay Abarnath is taking ART. Also informed about reminded his mother to take medicines regularly when she fails to take medicines because of her weakness. By this discussion among children they were encouraged much. This child to child education programme was really helpful and good encouragement to all the children. Not only this is a discussion among children but also this meeting was a good motivation programme conducted with the presidential address of TANSAC (Tamilnadu state AIDS control society) of PPCTC (Prevention of parent to child HIV transmission) co – ordinator.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH:
REPORT TITLE: CIA GET TOGETHER
GET TOGETHER (OUT DOOR)
Through this get together we gather children from various places, we arranged an excursion for them. As well these children were able to gather to gether we took them to Rajaji Park, (corporation fun park) Thoothukudi. Really it was a good opportunity for these children not only to have a happy Picnic but also it was a nice trip to decrease their depression. As their depression was decreased much they all were found very happy. They also shared their experience mutually with others. They sat in a circle form and performed singing, dancing etc. very gladly.
Some activity children encouraged the other children who are found dull. Really it was a good experience for the children because some group up children caught the hands of small children and affectionately encouraged them to play and move with them without any hesitation. They utilized all the sports materials with much interest and gladness.
GET TOGETHER (INDOOR)
All theses children were guided to the positive Network Federation Head Office and lunch was provided to them.
The Global Giving Aided Project Manager Mr.Ramachandren provided them Training on continual Education. Because some children were weak and dropout from schools therefore they were encouraged by saying the necessity of Education. As it was a children get together programme and accomplished with an exposure visit. We were able to view their inspiration and enlightenment of their faces and development of their mental attitude.
PROJECT TITLE :
GIVE LIFE FOR 55 HIV CHILDREN IN TAMILNADU , INDIA (8640)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH :
GLOBALGIVING – ONLINE DONATION
WORLD AIDS DAY - NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT , REGULAR HOME VISITS AND CONSTANT COUNSELING
REPORT PERIOD :
16.10.11 to 24.01.12
As you know we are helping through GlobalGiving 55 HIV infected children being joined with your project since September 2011. Through GlobalGiving project we are provided Nutritional support, Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) Treatment Transport support and counseling. By the support to Global Giving project , not only health condition is improved, their skills are encouraged much. Related with this service we arranged a meeting for these children in our office Derose center on world AIDS Day on 1st December 2011.
WORLD AIDS DAY
All children participated in this meet. Good ideas are delivered to the children through this meeting. Nutrition supports, such as dates fruits, Corn Flakes, cicer Gram, Ground nut Green gram and palm sugar were given to the children. The participants of the meeting were ART Medical Officer Dr. Sreenivasan Mrs. Jeevan (Trans Gender) president of Thoothukudi District HIV positive Federation and Mrs. Selvi , President of Thoothukudi positive women Welfare society. All of them offered good ideas regarding health activities.
WORKSHOP THEMES :
Demonstration on Nutrition mix ,
Regular Anti Retro-viral therapy in take
Health care Knowledge
CD4 counts and procedure
And about the necessity of children Education. They delivered the Nutritional materials provided by us to the children.
All Participated children in this meeting were found very happy. All children were from varies places and not known to each other. They had the good interaction with each other. Muthu Meena a child from village is taking ART. Her father was dead and her mother also takes ART and had the good conversation with the other children. She encouraged the other children to get ART regularly as she takes the same regularly and emphasized the importance of ART. She shared with the other children and encouraged them by saying her help to her mother to take tablets and other medicines regularly. All then children attended in the meeting were very eagerly hearing the talk of the child Muthu Meena. Their faces glittered with the new hope.
CASE STUDY :
Another child named Esakki Muthu from keela Thattaparai also attended in this meeting . The boy has no parents. He is living with the guidance of his grand mother. He is studying in 9th std. His grand mother is a wage working lady on daily basis. He is studying with her help. He shared with the other children happily about the help of the Global Giving Project. As his grand mother was sick , he himself came to our office alone with much zeal. He also shared this with the other children.
Not only the arrangement of this meet, we visit regularly the homes of the HIV infected children. Not only the generally counseling regarding health, but also the positive prevention counseling is necessary for them.
A child named Kausalya from Vadakku sema puthur was visited by us She is living with her grand mother as kausalya as parents had already passed away before 5 years . She is mature girl aged about 16. As the family is in poor condition , she wasn't in the situation of going to work in a near by Match factory being quit her study in the midst. Being known the situation of Kausalya we talked with her grand parents.
We have also talked with the local panchayat president to provide her grand parents an easy daily wages work for their livelihood. Also we have given counseling about health care and positive prevention counseling. Then service we do through Global Giving project is not only for the health care about children but also for the positive prevention of HIV to the children.
CASE STUDY :
Name : Selvi
Age : 8
Address : C/o Mrs. Murugamma
My Name is Selvi. Up to my age of 3 years our family condition was very happy . My father is a farmer. We all lived together along with our grand parents. When I was 4 years old, my father expired we thought he died of some sickness
After the death of my father my mother’s health condition became weaker day by day. My grand parents thought that my mother became weak because of the death of my father. Ottapidaram is here our village . My mother went to the G.H at Ottapidaram and had the medical checkup over there . She was not recovered. Therefore my uncle took my mother to thoothukudi Medical College Hospital for further treatment. There the doctors doubted about my mother’s sickness and suggested for HIV Test. Eliza test was performed to my mother. In the report it was found out my mother has HIV +ve . Being heard this my mother got shocked. Following this another Eliza test was done to my mother. It was confirmed that my mother has the HIV +ve . Then only all of our family members knew that our father expired of HIV. All of our family members were pathetic about my mother. My mother was very sad and found weeping always. Following this I was also taken to the hospital for HIV test. It was also found that I had HIV +ve . Now all of our family members attention and mercy turned towards me. As the HIV +ve was not found in the time my CD4 level was very low. Therefore my mother and I are taking ART regularly. People were sad about us and nobody help us. Now the GlobalGiving project is much helpful to us.
With the help of our donors from GlobalGiving, Chevaliar Roche Society conducted Give life program for 55 HIV Children. The main objective of the program is to increase access to care and support to 55 children infected by HIV/AIDS through providing Counselling, educational support & provision of health mix. We aim to reduce to depression created by the external factors and induce life skills so that they are well equipped to handle complicated situations in the future. We would also provide psychosocial support including care, comfort and counselling.
I have taken special care for this 55 HIV Children’s project as I was involved in international HIV/AIDS, Allaince, London aided PWDS-Community based care and support project for the past 9 years. As I have involved in the PWDS-CBCS project I have a good relationship with the HIV infected children. I also wanted the HIV infected children to be well off in the future. At that time Global giving along with CRS appointed me as the project co-ordinator for this project. I was happy that I can give my full effort for the sake of the HIV infected children.
We began this project early in the month by introducing us to the HIV positive federation and Thoothukudi ART centre. We explained the project to them and they guaranteed their full support for the success of the program. We have mentioned 55 HIV children for the project but unfortunately we lost 6 children due to the impact of HIV. As ART’s medical officer suggested we inducted 6 new HIV infected children.
We have been in regular touch with the 55 HIV infected children conducting frequent home visits and most of the parents are weak. Their health is so weak that they are not able to look after them and their children’s needs. As they are economically weak they are not able to satisfy their children’s basic amenities. Due to various external factors (stigma and discrimination) the children and their parents become depressed. Our home visits help them recover quickly and we were able to see the happiness in their face.
One of the important aspects of the home visit is Counselling. We aim to induce skills to the children during counselling. I will be visiting all the children weekly twice for home visits and continuous counselling ( Psycho-social support). We also aim to give importance to their health care, self care, good nutrition and Anti Retro Viral(ART) adherence.
In order to provide nutritional support we invited the children to CRS- DEROSE centre. This program was conducted on 25.10.2011. We assembled the children in the DEROSE centre. The main objective of the program is to provide health mix (nutritional support) and counselling to the HIV infected children. The children got to know with each other and they shared their experiences with one another.
Mrs. Jeevan(Transgender), president of Thoothukudi HIV positive federation delivered the presidential address. Special address was delivered by Mrs. Selvi, President of Thoothukudi Positive Women welfare society and by Mrs. Mangai, Counsellor, ART centre, Thoothukudi.
Keeping families together depends on the health of family members. So Health mix is essential for every HIV children for keeping them fit and fine. We distributed health mix to all the HIV children. Counselling was given by professional counsellors to the HIV children. The counsellors stressed on the importance of regular medical check up to the children. As it was the eve of Diwali, the children were provided with sweet box.
We were able to witness joy in the face of all the children as they rarely get opportunities like this to express themselves. It also gives us more encouragement to do programs to enlighten the life of the burdened HIV children. We are indebted to our donors and Global giving for this.
C/O Soram Pillai,
1/41, Bangalow Street,
My name is Sindhu. My father’s name is Saravanan. My native is Vilathikulam. My father was a lorry driver. I was the only child to my parents. I am studying 9th std. My father died when I was 3 years old. He died as he was infected with HIV AIDS. I am residing in my grandmother’s home. But we dint know that he died because of HIV AIDS. When a year passed my mother started to feel sick. We visited the doctor many times but we were not able to find out the reason. My grandmother and grandfather knew that my father died because of AIDS. But they never told us.
We admitted my mother in Vilathikulam, Govt Hospital. They conducted HIV VCTC test to my mother. The result was HIV positive. My mother was shocked to hear this. My mother was not co-operating to any treatment as she felt that there is no use in living anymore. At that time Mr. Ramachandran (CRS, Project manager) came to our home. He seems to enquire about the HIV patients in Vilathikulam Govt Hospital and they have given our address.
My mother was very adamant that she will not see anyone. I was a child and I was not aware of the things happening around. After a certain point of time my mother agreed to visit the hospital. Mr. Ramachandran insisted my mother that blood check up should be conducted to children also. So he took us to Thoothukudi Govt Hospital. They conducted the HIV-ICTC test. My mother was praying to god that i should be alright. But the result was HIV positive. My mother was shell shocked to hear this. I was not able to understand the things happening around me. At that time my CD4 count was very less. So I was in a situation of taking ART medicine. I was taken to Tirunelveli ART centre by CRS staff Mr. Ramachandran and treatment was provided.
One Home care guide was appointed for me by CRS. Her name is Thiruselvi. She was very kind to me. She lived near my house. She took me to ART Centre and gave me treatment. I was introduced to a new world. I was able to meet many children and I shared my experiences with them. CRS provided life skill training. If my father would have told this earlier I would have been saved form HIV AIDS. As my Grandfather and grandmother are becoming old we are strangled by our economy. My mother also can’t work as she is ART taker. At this point of time CRS helped my family by getting a job for her in ART centre which was newly opened in Thoothukudi. CRS also provided nutritional and educational support to me. After that I was not able to see CRS people for 1 year. When I asked my mother she told that the PWDS-CBCS, HIV project is over.
Then suddenly one day I saw Mr. Ramachandran, CRS coming to my home. He informed that we will be receiving online donations from Global Giving. It was great news to hear for us. They have started to come for home visits. I attended the program conducted by CRS. I was very happy to see all the children. CRS gave health mix, sweets and continuous counselling through regular home visits. They also took us to the Govt medical college hospital for CD4 count check and ART. I thank Global Giving for coming into my life and making me smile once again.
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