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
Happy Holidays
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.

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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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Dear friends,

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!

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Dear friends,
We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who supports our project. In these challenging times, we especially appreciate your trust and assistance.
We continue providing care and support to our clients – HIV-positive women with young children. The project staff members make regular visits to the families. During the home visits, the staff provide the women with psychological support, consultations on medical issues, and of course supply the families with essential items: breast milk substitutes, baby formulas, and child care items.
Unfortunately, any crisis is most impactful for vulnerable groups. That is why we will continue to support HIV-positive women and children, and will appreciate your assistance and participation. We wish all of you good health. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
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The start of 2020 was eventful for MAMA+: 6 women with their newborns and young children were enrolled in the project. Most clients learned about the project from the staff of the City AIDS Center. Some women first met with the project staff while in the maternity hospital.
We are pleased to tell you a story about one of these women.
Anna, 27, met Mikhail four years ago. Six months later, the couple got married. The man was HIV-positive and was an AIDS denialist (refers to a movement non-recognizing the existence of HIV/AIDS). Therefore, he did not attend medical specialists. Nor did he receive medical examinations and ARVT. Anna had little information regarding the disease, and thus, under the influence of her husband, she did not attend an infectious diseases specialist. Upon registering with the prenatal clinic, she was diagnosed HIV and referred to the specialized regional AIDS Center for medical monitoring. The infectious diseases specialist managing the case was able to convince the woman that without ARVT intake there was a high risk of the mother-to-child transmission of HIV. During pregnancy, Anna began to take the therapy, and in February 2019 she gave birth to a son Artyom. After the delivery, under duress by her husband, the woman made a decision to give up the treatment and refused to attend the doctor.
In December 2019, Anna’s husband fell ill very seriously. However, he refused of medical assistance. In early January 2020, he was hospitalized with pneumocystic pneumonia in a critical condition indicative of an advanced stage of AIDS. The doctors were unable to save the man: he died in late January.
Anna learned about MAMA+ from a doctor of the AIDS Center, and contacted the project staff for psychological support. The woman was devastated, taking hard the loss of her husband. Presently, the project psychologist and project social worker are providing her with regular consultations. It took the staff much of an effort to bring Anna home to understanding an acute importance of taking a medical examination and having her child tested. The project staff members used to escort Anna and her child to medical institutions and were able to motivate her for taking ARVT. We consider it the main achievement and contribution made by our staff.
In February, Artyom celebrated his first birthday. The boy is strongly attached to his mother and does not want to be apart from her, not for a short while. The baby is doing well: he was tested HIV-negative and we hope that he is healthy. The boy is now learning to walk. He is very communicative, and has recently said “mama”.
After giving birth to her son, Anna is off work, supported by her relatives. We are trying to assist her – providing baby formulas and baby care items.
Support our work!
We thank all people supporting our project and women with children!

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