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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.