Children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS have reduced household income combined with increased expenses , which push the families into poverty consequently having less outcomes for children in terms of nutrition , education and health status.
Given the important relationship between HIV, nutrition, growth and survival of children living with HIV, we have recommended that nutritional assessment and support should be one of our focus towards an HIV-infected infant or child.
To improve the quality of life of children who are living with / affected with HIV-AIDS, Nutritional kit (cereals, milk, egg, dates, and health drink) was provided to children each month through the support of Global Giving.
True Story - I:
Prabhu (name changed) is studying 10th grade. He has been living under the care of his mother since 2003. His father passed away due to the affliction of HIV/AIDS. He was ably supporting the family despite his ailment by working as truck driver prior to the diagnosis of HIV infection and later as a helper in a grocery shop.
Though neither Prabhu nor his mother, Amutha (name changed) is infected with HIV, the family has been struggling hard in poverty since the passing away of father. Amutha is working in the government’s employment guarantee scheme getting hardly 10 days of work a month. Amudha doesnt hold good health. Often she falls ill and is unable to go for any other work.
She has been a member of the Red Ribbon unit functioning at SPPD since the year 2004 and undergoes periodical screening for HIV, once in 6 months.
Prabhu has been receiving the nutritional supplements for past few years. His mother says without the big help they receive in the form of nutritional kit from SPPD the health and education of Prabhu would have been badly affected. She wants to be grateful to the SPPD and in particular the donors of Global Giving for the invaluable help.
True Story - I:
Ram (name changed) is studying grade II. His father Prashanth (name changed) had died of HIV/AIDS six years back. After his father’s death, when Ram’s mother underwent the medical tests along with Ram and his elder brother, unfortunately she found her elder son and herself both were infected with HIV/AIDS.
This had completely shattered the family, especially Ram mother, as already the family was undergoing terrible mental agony at the loss of the head of the family. More in particular his mother was so anxious about the health status of her children. With the very minimal income she earns as a tailor providing even two square meal a day for the children was very tough. As Ravi was a very young child protecting and keeping him away from major infections was a big concern for his mother, with both she and her other child her elder son being infected.
Under these circumstances, the nutritional supplements that have come in the form of a monthly nutritional kit of SPPD has come as a panacea in keeping Ram a healthy boy. Because of this his mother says she is greatly relieved and is able to focus mainly on the medical regimen of her own self and her elder son. She thanks donor and Global Giving for helping in keeping her son the young Ram hale and healthy.