HIV/AIDS Support in Mumbai, India

In 2012, Women's Empowerment International Foundation partnered with Somaiya Action for HIV/AIDS Support (SAHAS) in an urgent intervention to rescue an HIV/AIDS Community Care Centre (CCC) from closure. The CCC, established in 2010 with support from the Karnatak Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), is located near the Pratiksha Nagar slums in Mumbai, India: it is one of the few facilities in Mumbai admitting and providing psychosocial and clinical care for impoverished HIV-infected persons and their families.

Mumbai has the second highest HIV infection rate and reports the highest number of HIV-related deaths in all of India. Nearly all of India's 240,000 HIV-infected men, women, and children live in povertyŚ isolated from their families, communities, and the health care they desperately need to stay alive. Without continuous treatment, HIV rapidly develops into full-blown AIDS, and victims fall host to deadly opportunistic infections such as oral thrush and tuberculosis (TB). The stigma associated with HIV leaves the infected and affected unemployed, desperate, and traumatized by the rejection endured from their families and communities. For the poorest HIV victims and their children, there is little hope for the future, and scarcely a hand to hold through this terrifying and often final stage of their lives.

On September 30th, 2012, support from SAHAS' implementing agency, the Karnatak Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) ceased and the Community Care Centre faced the serious risk of closure—leaving thousands of HIV-infected individuals once again alone in the fight for their lives.

However, with support from our generous donors, WEIF had raised over $30,000 to keep the Community Care Centre open for one year, and SAHAS has now managed to maintain operations. WEIF's current involvement is geared towards expanding the reach of this program to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV. Please click here to learn more about this ongoing project.

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