SUPPORTING FAMILIES LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a rapidly growing problem in Nepal, fuelled by ignorance about HIV prevention and brutal discrimination against people with AIDS. Such discrimination means the condition often goes undiagnosed.
Nepal Youth Foundation’s pioneering residential centre provides a transitional haven for HIV-positive children and their caretakers, most of whom are infected mothers. The programme’s doctor, nutritionist, and staff provide educational activities for the children and helpful training for the adults. Residents receive nutritious meals, medical care, and psychological counselling. This holistic approach is the only programme of its kind for HIV-positive children in Nepal.
Over 80% of the children arriving at the Centre are acutely undernourished and full of opportunistic infections. Three months after arriving at the Centre, more than 90% of the children return home at a normal weight, free of associated infections. The mothers go back with a working knowledge of hygiene, nutrition, and infection prevention, helping to prolong their child’s life. This comprehensive care model is a key to the Centre’s success.
CARE FOR A CHILD WITH HIV/AIDS
Help us continue to provide holistic, life-saving treatment for HIV-positive children and their mothers for £700.
CASE STUDY —
At 10 months of age, Bishnu Raidash* lost his mother to AIDS and was also diagnosed with the disease. He arrived at our NLC severely undernourished, suffering from hepatitis, tuberculosis, and a urinary tract infection. Wounds covered his body. A 45-day course of treatment cured Bishnu’s infections and returned his weight to normal. He left the centre much healthier and more prepared to fight the issues he faces living with AIDS.
*Not his real name