India is estimated to have the second largest population of people living with HIV/AIDS, next to South Africa. UNAIDS estimates that currently 5.13 million people in India live with HIV/AIDS. Of this number more than 170,000 are children under 15 years of age.
Help a child through its programs aims to adopt a three pronged approach.
- Care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), Orphan and Vulnerable children (OVC).
- Lobby and advocacy.
Most people in our country have limited access to information related to sexuality and reproductive health care. Access to information is the first step towards reduction of the HIV/AIDS prevalence. We promote abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage. The key groups of people addressed are adolescent children, infected adults and sex workers. We teach children right values and give age-appropriate information relating to HIV/ AIDS. We also provide information on “prevention of mother to child transmission�? for positive mothers.Care and Support
The main objectives/ activities are
- Remove stigmatisation of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
- Link them with government’s medical services.
- Provide them nutritious supplements - especially using indigenous herbs.
- Augment livelihood support.
- Provide educational support to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.
- Train volunteers to care for terminally ill people and their families.
Through lobby and advocacy done both at the regional and national level, we work for the rights of people living with HIV/ AIDS. We work closely with networks of NGOs to influence policy development and implementation.