Adoption for Medical Treatment of HIV Positive Children

Lotus Medical Foundation implementing PPTCT ( Prevention of Parent to child Transmission of HIV) program from 2007 and Care Centre (dedicated hospital for HIV patients) from June2008. We came across many HIV positive children during this. They are infected by HIV through their mothers who are HIV positive. And many of them have lost both or either parent due to HIV and are been looked after by Grandparents or Uncles and Aunties. They also need to take treatment for HIV. These drugs have side effects and need to administer drugs by stringent timings.

As the care takers are either old or not aware of the importance of medicines irrespective of repeated counseling, we thought of having group therapy of children with care givers. We took get together for two successive years and then come up with idea of adopting ill, low weight or children with special problems for medical care. These children may lose schooling due to illnesses and stigma.

HIV positive children need special care in terms of diet – caloric and protein requirements, personal hygiene, dental care, skin infections, growth retardation and delayed puberty. And more important is emotional and psychological care and support.

Funding – For this great cause we received donations from many doctors who are aware of the problem.

Services provided – All the following services are free

Initiation from August 2014

  • Monthly through medical check up
  • Travelling allowances – to and fro for this monthly check up of the child and care taker.
  • Nutritional supplements in forms of proteins and other necessary
  • Medical care as per requirement – Diagnostic test, Medicines, Blood transfusions, Indoor treatment
  • HIV / AIDS counseling and home based care for child and family
  • Necessary support for schooling and social support schemes

From August-2014 to October-2015

Number of Children Enrolled 64
Number of them Coming Regularly 45
Number of them Admitte 29
Number of them on T.B. treatment 4