Project #9464

MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia

by INGO "Doctors to Children"

Dear friends,

We are happy to share our latest news with you.

On December 1, the + project hosted an action devoted to the World AIDS Day. The mothers with children were visited by our friends: volunteers representing the MAC cosmetics brand.

Trying to support the women, the makeup designers engaged each of them in a makeup session. That day we were talking about the women’s and their children’s health, and how important it was to attend doctors regularly and take care of their health and the health of their family members and close ones.

The makeup workshop culminated in a tea drinking party. Time flashed by while the mothers and MAC volunteers were discussing. The young guests of the event were in care of DTC volunteers and the project staff who engaged them in games in the playroom.

We very much appreciate everyone’s support of our project!

On December 20, just on the eve of the season’s holidays, DTC organized a holiday for young children. Our volunteers were creating festive atmosphere for them, playing fairy-tale characters. The children were singing, dancing, guessing riddles, and the youngest guests together with their mothers were watching this wonderful performance.

We are very happy to having had this opportunity to gift New Year presents to each child. These included development games, books, watercolors, markers. Of course, the youngest received diapers, baby formulas, and hygienics.

This is due to your participation that the children will have fond memories of the childhood and holidays!

We are sending our warmest season’s greetings to all our friends and extending our gratitude for all of your support!

"School for young mothers"
"School for young mothers"

Dear friends,

We would like to share the latest news on the + Project.

Last time we told you a story about Olga, mother of two wonderful babies.

MAMA+ staff provided Olga and her family with comprehensive psychosocial support. Olga’syoungerchildreceivedmedicalexaminations, includingHIVtesting. We hope that the baby is healthy, as his latest tests have been negative. Unfortunately, little Vasya had problems with his eyes revealed, but the timely medical intervention helped the boy to avoid serious health problems.

Olga’s oldest son began to attend the kindergarten regularly, and found new friends there.

MAMA+ project staff can now confirm that Olga has become a careful mother.

Last time, telling Olga’s story, we wrote that the woman was put in the register of homeless people, which hindered reception of social allowances and medical services. Now Olga and with her children has been registered by her partner’s mother in a room of a communal apartment: the family has obtained their housing, while it is small. Due to assistance from the project social worker, the client has registered for all children’s allowances, received a certificate for maternity capital (special allowance to mothers who have given birth to a second child). Olga’spartnerhasfoundpermanentemployment. Thus, the client’s financial and housing issues have been resolved.

We are grateful to all of you for your participation in supporting this family in such a difficult period of time for them. Due to your contribution, the children were provided with milk formula, diapers, and clothes.

 The project support and participation of the staff have become crucial in improving the status of this family. MAMA+ staff will continue to care about Olga and her children, but we hope that they will be able to live without the project participation very soon.

Peer support group
Peer support group

Dear friends,

The MAMA+ Project was contacted by Olga, a mother of two sons. We hope for your participation in supporting this family.

Olga, 30. Olga has two children: her older son Dima is 4, her younger son Vasya is 1 month. MAMA+ staff first met Olga at the maternity hospital which is visited by the project social worker several times a week for counseling HIV-positive mothers.

Vasya was born premature. He spent a month in a children’s hospital. The project staff supported Olga, bringing milk formula and diapers to the hospital, and providing her with clothes and medication for the child.
To date, the child has been discharged from the hospital. The mother is worried about his health. The family is on active patronage by the project. Together with her partner – her younger son’s father – and two children, Olga is renting a room in a communal apartment. They have no housing on their own. The woman has a status of a homeless person, which hinders registration for social allowances and the maternity capital. The salary of Olga’s partner is the only family income.

The family is in acute need of material assistance.
The woman has experience of drug use. Presently, she is in remission. Olga is emotionally unstable: she is afraid that the crisis situation and worries about her baby will trigger her relapse to using drugs. The project psychologist provides the woman with consultations several times a week. MAMA+ social worker provides her with assistance in obtaining documents and allowances, as well as material assistance, including diapers and milk formula.

The project staff will continue to support Olga and her children, and we hope you will join us in this activity.

Dear Friends,

We would like to share the latest news on the MAMA+ project.

International Children’s Day at MAMA+

In June, MAC Cosmetics volunteers visited the + Center. The professional MAC makeup designers told the mothers on proper skin care, specifics of using makeup, as well as engaged them in a professional makeup session, creating a unique and unforgettable image for each woman. During the event, the young MAMA+ Center visitors were also involved in various activities. Having played well, each baby was gifted a useful present: a development toy and a book; the youngest visitors were given rattles. The MAMA+ staff provided the families with breast milk substitutes and diapers.
Following the photo session, the beautiful mothers and the MAC volunteers continued to communicate, discussing fashionable trends at tea.
The action was devoted to the International Children’s Day. The goal was to support HIV-positive women with children, strengthen their confidence and faith in the future. The project staff and volunteer makeup designers were trying to show the women that they were not alone, that a lot of people cared willing to support them.

DTC staff members appreciate your participation and care.


We are grateful to you for visiting the page of the + Project.

Today we are going to tell you a story about a family taken on MAMA+ supervision repeatedly. This family is in acute need of support.

Yulia and her children Vanya (7 years of age), Lyosha (2 years and 8 months), and Lena (3 months)

Yulia reenrolled MAMA+. She made her first enrollment after giving birth to her second child (in 2013). That time she and her husband were active drug users. The family was facing severe financial shortcomings, and the child abandonment risk was extremely high. Several years ago, MAMA+ staff were able to keep the child in the family, and support Yulia and her husband in their transition to healthy lifestyles: both parents stopped using drugs; Yulia’s husband found permanent employment. When the family situation stabilized, and the child was removed from the AIDS Center’s register, the case of this family was successfully closed, as they no more needed the project assistance.

In the fall of 2015, Yulia contacted MAMA+ again. She was pregnant with her third child, however. However, her husband’s health declined. The woman needed psychological, social and material assistance. In early December 2015, Yulia’s husband passed away (advanced stages of AIDS). At the end of the month, the woman gave birth to a daughter. Yuila was deeply depressed by the death of her husband, and needed support. MAMA+ staff were within call all this time: they provided the woman with psychological support and consultations on medical and social issues at home visits, as well as brought milk formula, clothes and furniture for the newborn.

Yulia is currently in need of material and psychological assistance. MAMA+ staff are assisting her in paperwork to register for children’s allowances and a survivor’s pension (as her husband died). The woman grew up in an orphanage. She has no relatives and no sources of support. Before her husband died, the family moved to a room in a communal apartment, which should be improved to accommodate the mother with three children (furniture for the older child and renovation).

Yulia’s second child Lyosha needs orthopedic footwear: the boy is suffering from ICP, with his legs different in length. We hope that due to participation of people that care we will be able to help the boy in purchasing correctional shoes.

Now the mother and her children are on MAMA+ active supervision. The project staff escort the client with children to healthcare institutions (to put her newborn child on the AIDS Center register for regular medical monitoring), provide her with consultations on all social and legal issues, as well as psychological support.

We are kindly asking you to support this family.

Update on Eugenia and Kirill

We are happy to share good news about Eugenia and Kirill, whom we told you about in our pervious report.

Kirill is doing well and now he is one year and two months.

All this time, the MAMA+ staff have been providing the family with psychosocial assistance, counseling the mother on medical issues, helping her to find a neurologist specialized in epilepsy, who is currently providing the boy with treatment and regular medical monitoring. Presently, the child is at a remission stage. His health status is normal. MAMA+ provided the family with milk formula and diapers for the child. The project staff were able to pay for a course of therapeutic massage for the boy, which produced good results. Now we can say the crisis is over. The woman’s psychological status has stabilized due to timely assistance of MAMA+ staff. Kirill’s health status has improved. To date, he has been tested HIV-negative. The woman is trying to handle many issues on her own: registering for obtaining disability status confirmation for her son, attending medical specialists, etc. The mother and her child continue to visit the MAMA+ Center: the project psychologist provides the woman with recommendations on child development (Kirill spent much time in the hospital and has minor delays in psychomotor development). The family is still supervised by MAMA+. The project timely support enabled the family to overcome difficulties and move on.

We appreciate everyone for supporting our project all this time.


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INGO "Doctors to Children"

Location: St. Petersburg - Russia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Elena Karaseva
St. Petersburg, Russia
$27,310 raised of $40,000 goal
341 donations
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