Project #9464

MAMA+ Supports 100 HIV-Affected Babies In Russia

by St.Petersburg-based non-governmental organization 'Doctors to Children'
Jun 14, 2013

Latest news about Rita and Valeria


Rita is growing up. The 7-month-old girl is now 67 centimeters tall and weighs 6.5 kilograms.  She has already learnt a lot: she can roll over and tries to sit down, still facing developmental delays. Her favorite activity is taking an evening bath. She looks like a very joyful girl. MAMA+ Project staff members continue to provide this family with assistance. The main focus of their work is psychological support for the mother and care for her daughter’s health.

Lera is learning to be a mother. Now she knows what it is like to have sleepless nights when the baby is crying sick or teething, and how pleasant it is to see a smile on her daughter’s face. MAMA+ staff members assist Lera and Rita to understand each other. Lera attends specialized training sessions for mothers, facilitated by the project psychologist. She also visits medical specialists at the AIDS Center.

With Rita’s birth, Lera sees no way back to her past. She is currently making every effort to protect her daughter from her negative experience.

Unfortunately, born prematurely, Rita is facing a lot of health problems. Due to her weakened immune system, the girl is often sick. Her mother’s infectious diseases and complicated delivery resulted in Rita’s delays in psychophysiological development. It has taken a lot of efforts from Lera and the project staff to maintain the girl’s health status: Rita is constantly in need of medical consultations, examinations, tests, and medicaments. A course of physical therapy would also be very helpful to her. 

We want to support this family and will appreciate your participation!

Lera and Rita
Lera and Rita

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Project Leader:
Elena Karaseva
St. Petersburg, Russia