As part of its outreach services for PLHIV, PRIDE India, in the year 2013, initiated a Care and Support programme with the aim of providing a safe space for these people from high risk groups across Osmanabad district. The programme focuses on improving their access to information on welfare schemes, positive counseling and required health services. In the year 2015-16, PRIDE expanded its reach to more people living with HIV/ AIDS through care and support programme two additional districts viz. Nanded and Beed of Maharahstra.
Reaching orphaned children affected with HIV:
As of 2015, an estimated 13.4 million [11.4 – 15.7 million] children worldwide had lost one or both parents to AIDS. There are 220,000 children infected by HIV/AIDS in India. It is approximated that every year 55,000 to 60,000 children are born to mothers who are HIV positive. 30% of these children are likely to be infected themselves (UNICEF,2015) Our preliminary observation through the years has shown that there are many children who are affected by HIV/AIDS, many of them are orphaned and living with ageing grandparents some of cannot even afford full day meal for the child. In the absence of proper care & support, these children are becoming increasingly vulnerable. Some such children are known to have died due to absence of proper care, nutrition and ART adherence.
The CCC project run by PRIDE India has been graded ‘A’ twice and is considered as one of the best CCC from Maharashtra State according to the NACO evaluation report.