This project will support our ongoing efforts to diagnose 3,000 HIV positive pregnant women spread across 22 states of India and to initiate them on lifelong treatment for protecting their own health and preventing HIV transmission to children. The women will be supported through home visits on the importance of positive living, hospital delivery, feeding and care of the newborn, adherence to hospital visits and medications, early HIV testing of children and linkages to socio-economic services.
In India, 22,677 HIV+ women give birth annually, and 9,071 of these women are not aware of their HIV status. If HIV+ pregnant women don't start treatment early in pregnancy and continue during delivery and breastfeeding, 20-30% of them will transmit HIV infection to their children. Many are unaware of the risks of HIV infection and ways of preventing transmission to their babies, isolated due to fear of discrimination, and lack adequate income and support to seek medical and psycho-social care.
The project will facilitate HIV testing of pregnant women and linking those diagnosed positive to free HIV treatment for their own health and to prevent transmission to their children. The women will also be supported through home-based care on complying with treatments and hospital visits, institutional delivery, appropriate infant feeding and care, and linkages to free transport and food schemes. The GlobalGiving amount will help defray operational costs associated with this intervention.
This project will help ongoing efforts to increase the life expectancy of 3,000 HIV+ women and help 1000 babies to be born HIV free. This project will also help reduce stigma related to HIV infection at the family and community levels and improve quality of life of 3000 families.
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