MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia

by INGO Doctors to Children
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia
MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia

Dear friends,

The summer is almost gone… However, stories of families and children supported by the MAMA+ project staff members are not ending. 

First of all, we would like to thank you for supporting our work and update you on our activities. This summer, we started to hold sessions for HIV-positive women to develop their digital skills and financial competences. At the sessions, the young mothers learn to use video communication applications, pay utility bills, register for children’s allowances and make a medical appointment online, apply for banking products, and ensure personal safety on the internet. We also launched a peer mentorship program: women who overcame the crisis successfully and accepted their diagnosis will support those who have just learned about their HIV status.

Here is a story of a family who is presently in acute need of our help.

Annais22. She contacted MAMA+ right after giving birth to a child. Anna comes from Kemerovo. Upon graduating the orphanage, she used to stay at her friends’, as she had no housing on her own and took no steps to enforce her housing rights. In 2020, Anna met a young man who infected her with HIV. He was addicted to drugs and tried to engage Anna in drug use and distribution. The girl decided to escape from this situation, and in 2020 she moved to St. Petersburg. She settled in a rehabilitation center where she used to reside and carry out casual works (dish wash, cooking, etc.). Shortly upon her move, Anna found that she was pregnant. At the premature clinic, she was informed she had HIV. Refusing to accept the diagnosis, Anna did not attend the AIDS Center while she was pregnant. Nor she took the medication to prevent the transmission of HIV to her child.

The baby was premature. Upon his birth, Vitya was placed in children’s hospital where he received preventive treatment. MAMA+ staff members made a visit to the maternity hospital in order to prevent the woman from abandoning her child and provide her with crisis support.

After the baby was discharged from the hospital, the project staff visiting the family pointed out that the woman had no skills of baby care, could not assess the boy’s needs. Besides, the child is not registered with the AIDS Center and the children’s outpatient hospital. The woman is out of the medical monitoring either, as she did not accept the diagnosis. The project responded with active patronage of the family. Several times a week, the staff members make visits to the family, examining the baby, bringing food and baby formulas. The project psychologist provides the woman with consultations on accepting the diagnosis and baby care issues. Within a month, the project staff registered Anna and her baby at the AIDS Center and the outpatient clinic. The woman received medical examinations and tests and started to take the therapy. The boy took the first PCR testing for HIV which did not reveal the infection. Wehopethatthebabyishealthy. The project assisted Anna in registering for allowances, arranging space for her son, purchasing clothes and child care items. We also involved legal experts to assist Anna in addressing the housing issue. 

Now Vitya is still weak and needs specialized milk formulas and medication. The medical examination revealed nervous system disorders and weight deficit.

We believe that due to your support we will help Anna become a wonderful mother, turn confident and independent, to make sure that Vitya can grow a healthy and happy boy in his family.

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Dear friends!
We would like to provide you with the updates on the MAMA+ project and thank you for your support and trust.

The MAMA+ project staff members continue to provide assistance to HIV-affected women with children. Due to the pandemic, we do not organize onsite peer support groups and sessions for mothers. For safety reasons, the sessions of the School for Young Mothers, peer support groups, and most consultations are held online. Several times a week, the specialists visit the families in difficult life situations: these have no opportunities for attending the MAMA+ Center, join online counseling, and are in need of humanitarian aid. During the home visits, the project team (psychologist, social worker, pediatrician) provide women with consultations on medical and social issues, support them in arranging everything for the baby, conduct diagnostics of child development, assess interactions between the mother and the child, and train mothers in childcare.
We would like to tell you a story of one of the families enrolled in the MAMA+ project in January 2021..
Marina is 19. She contacted the project for psychological support. Marina is a mother of twin sons, 1.5 years old. She learned about her diagnosis at the primary examination during her pregnancy. The woman was registered with the AIDS Center to receive the therapy. She is in need of psychological support in accepting her diagnosis. Also, she is worried if she is capable of being a good mother.
Marina has experience of residing in an orphanage. Her parents abused alcohol and were deprived of their parental rights. A child, she was exposed to physical violence on the part of her father. Now the family is living in a room of a communal apartment she was provided upon leaving the orphanage. Marina and her partner are trying to purchase everything for child care and development, however the family is facing financial hardships. The only source of income for the family is children’s allowances and the partner’s occasional earnings with the lack of permanent employment.
The children were born prematurely, with nervous system disorders resulting in the developmental delays. MAMA+ staff provide the family with psychosocial and material assistance in the form of breast milk substitutes and babycare items. The babies are in need of medical examinations and tests, medication, physical therapy and specialized milk formulas.

Let’s help Marina and her babies get over this hard period!

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Happy Holidays

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our heartfelt and sincere thanks to you for supporting our project! Together with you, we are working to improve the lives of most vulnerable HIV-affected women and their young children. This is due to your active participation and commitment that the children are ensured family support and most needed care.

We are wishing good health and wellbeing to all of you and your families! May your life be filled with joyful moments, rewarding experience, and good works!

Let the coming 2021 bring you only pleasant events, inspiration and new achievements!

With warmest holiday wishes,

Doctors to Children

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Dear Friends,

We are pleased to tell you the latest news of the MAMA+ project and thank you for your support and confidence.

We will begin our narrative with a story of a family that enrolled in the project this October.

Elizaveta was recommended to contact the MAMA+ project by a staff member of the City AIDS Center. Liza has two children: Aleksander is three years old; his younger brother Ilia, unfortunately, has a confirmed HIV+ status. The boy is only 5 months of age. He was born with medical problems and has been staying in the hospital almost all the time since his birth. Elizaveta is torn between her two children. She is alone taking care of the boys. Her only source of support is her elderly mother: sometimes the woman looks after the older child and provides material assistance to Liza, giving her a part of her pension.

As Liza was continuously experiencing stress, her health status deteriorated, and in early December 2020, she was hospitalized for a long examination, tests and treatment. Presently all childcare was put on her mother’s shoulders. MAMA+ staff are supporting the family, bringing baby formulas, baby care items, and food packets. The grandmother is also in need of psychological assistance. The project staff members visit Ilia in the hospital, providing him with diapers, clothes and special curative mixtures (breast milk substitutes). Elizaveta loves her children so much, and she is worried by this situation.

We hope Elizaveta will get well soon, and her son Ilia will return home. Now the baby is in acute need with baby formulas, diapers, baby care items and clothes.

Let us help this family together. They need your support.

More on MAMA+

In December, our partners – makeup designers from the cosmetics brand •• – conducted a workshop of beauty of health for women affected by the problem of HIV. This year, due to the pandemic, we were not able to organize the World AIDS Day action in our traditional format. However, our friends found a solution by preparing wonderful videos for women. These are video workshops on makeup that the women could watch staying at home.

We are sure that such events enable HIV-affected women to feel support, believe in themselves and feel confident about the future.

We are grateful to all supporting us in supporting HIV-affected women and children.

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Dear friends,
We are pleased to update you on the events that have taken place in the MAMA+ project over the recent months.
In June, we decided to support mothers and children. Many families have found themselves in total isolation, with no support from their relatives, and no chances to communicate. Jointly with volunteers from the MAC Cosmetics brand, we conducted an action for them entitled “Fairy Tales Marathon”. staff members told their favorite fairy tales for the children. The videos of tales and good wishes for women with children were placed at YouTube. This action encouraged HIV-affected women and their children. They appreciated the kind words and support, and enjoyed the fairy tale videos.
During the summer months, most of service encounters with our families were conducted online. The project staff members – the psychologist, pediatrician, and the social worker – carried out individual and group consultations, which provided the mothers with opportunities to ask specific questions about health, child care and development. We are living for the day to hear children’s voices again at the MAMA+ Center, and meet the mothers attending the site for peer support groups, counseling and training sessions.
We would like to tell you a story of a family enrolled in our project this summer.
Anna is 18. She is 28 weeks pregnant. Her family is not large: her elder brother, their mother and herself – all are HIV-positive. Anna’s mother learned about her HIV status 20 years ago, when she was giving birth to her first child. She refused the prophylaxis and the therapy, unwilling to accept her diagnosis. Her children were breast-fed. Anna and her brother contracted HIV at birth and have a disability status.
Anna came to find out about her HIV status when she was 14, and was shocked. The girl ran away from home and used to live on the street for a long time, without attending school, which led to disruption of her contact with the family. Though she was nervous about her health and that of her family members. It took a lot of effort for Anna’s mother to have the girl back home and repair the relationships with her.
Upon her school graduation, Anna was planning to enter a teacher training college. However, still a school student, she learned about her pregnancy and decided to give birth to a child. Anna’s partner (18 years old) is not going to support her and her child, and is not aware of her HIV status. Anna and her mother contacted the MAMA+ project for psychological support. She still finds it hard to accept her HIV status. She is worried about her child’s health and herself. She wonders if she is able to take care of herself and her baby, as the only breadwinner to their family is her brother. Anna’s mother is unemployed. She lost her job during the pandemic.
Presently, the family is in need of material assistance and psychological support. The project staff members provide Anna and her mother with regular psychological consultations in an online format, as well as consultations on social, legal and medical issues. The key focus of their efforts is to sustain Anna’s physical and emotional health, and support other family members.
Now Anna is attending a doctor at a premature clinic, receiving the therapy, participating actively in the online sessions of the project School for Young Mothers. We are supporting this family and hope that Anna will give birth to a healthy baby.
Support our work! We want to help Anna get prepared for the child delivery: purchase clothes, baby care items, a crib, and other necessary goods.

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