We would like to update you on how our work has changed due to the pandemic, and how our MAMA+ families are doing in the current situation.
The project staff members continue to provide psychosocial support services to HIV-positive women and their children.
The universal stay-at-home order has become a challenge for most of our clients: exacerbated economic crisis, raised concerns about the children’s health, and difficulties in accessing the AIDS Center for a timely intake of medication (antiretroviral therapy). The HIV-positive women and children are at an increased risk of being infected with the new coronavirus due to their depressed immune system and concurrent conditions. Therefore, several times a week, the organization’s staff members make home visits to families, providing them with food kits, child care items, breast milk substitutes, and baby formulas, so that the women and their children could stay at home and had fewer reasons for going out unless necessary. Normally, we visit up to 10 families a day who accept our assistance gratefully. We see how their position has changed: many families have lost their livelihoods, some families were not able to manage the stress and stepped back to using substances. The rate of domestic violence has also grown significantly.
In response to this situation, we feel the need to go on making home visits to women with children, to provide them not only with material assistance, but also with timely crisis support in case of emergency.
DTC psychologists and social workers continue to carry out counseling of women clients of the MAMA+ project, by phone or on skype. Some of these women experienced violence, some of them have newborns and need a baby care advice, some need assistance in registration for allowances, and some only need kind words and participation.
We are kindly asking you to support our work. Please make your contribution and tell your friends and colleagues about our activities.
Together with you, we are working to make sure that children live in their families, and protect their health!