Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Women Affected by HIV/AIDS in India

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163965
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Women Affected by HIV/AIDS in India
Author(s):
Kaul, Sangeeta; Mohanty, Priya
Author Details:
Sangeeta Kaul, PhD, Senior Programme Officer, Clinical Services, International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, New Delhi, Delhi, India, email: skaul@allianceindia.org; Priya Mohanty
Abstract:
Purpose: To provide emotional and psychosocial support to women and children. This is an invaluable opportunity to increase the meaningful and emotional connection of family and community members. Background: The Alliance Home and Community Based Care and Support Programme focuses on providing support to women, men and children living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), children affected by AIDS, and affected family and community members. The programme has been implemented since 2000 in Tamil Nadu, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Delhi through three Lead Partners and 37 implementing NGOs. Method: To help children cope with the loss of their parents and express their feelings and help women be emotionally stable, the Alliance supports NGO programmes to facilitate the formation of children and women support groups. To establish children's support groups the NGO identifies a volunteer from the community. The volunteer guides and focuses the group initially and then one child from the group takes over and manages the support group. Currently there are over 100 children support groups and 54 women's groups at the community level. The women's groups have self-help groups and savings and credit groups. These groups not only accumulate savings but provide psychosocial support to the women. They have been empowered and have strong decision-making power. The women's groups have been trained in sex and sexuality issues, HIV/AIDS Care and support services information. These groups act as catalysts for community capacity building. Results: The Children support groups and women support groups have brought about a social change that focuses on managing personal stress, offering support to other members, asking for acceptance and support from others when needed. The children in the support groups have been able to alleviate depression and anxiety amongst themselves, improve school attendance, encourage better physical health, provide emotional healing and reduce stigmatization and discrimination. Conclusion: Forming women and children's support groups is one of the social capital building strategies that promotes a healthy environment for women and children affected or living with HIV/AIDS.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Host:
McMaster University
Conference Location:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description:
2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleProviding Psychosocial Support to Children and Women Affected by HIV/AIDS in Indiaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKaul, Sangeetaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMohanty, Priyaen_US
dc.author.detailsSangeeta Kaul, PhD, Senior Programme Officer, Clinical Services, International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, New Delhi, Delhi, India, email: skaul@allianceindia.org; Priya Mohantyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163965-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To provide emotional and psychosocial support to women and children. This is an invaluable opportunity to increase the meaningful and emotional connection of family and community members. Background: The Alliance Home and Community Based Care and Support Programme focuses on providing support to women, men and children living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), children affected by AIDS, and affected family and community members. The programme has been implemented since 2000 in Tamil Nadu, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Delhi through three Lead Partners and 37 implementing NGOs. Method: To help children cope with the loss of their parents and express their feelings and help women be emotionally stable, the Alliance supports NGO programmes to facilitate the formation of children and women support groups. To establish children's support groups the NGO identifies a volunteer from the community. The volunteer guides and focuses the group initially and then one child from the group takes over and manages the support group. Currently there are over 100 children support groups and 54 women's groups at the community level. The women's groups have self-help groups and savings and credit groups. These groups not only accumulate savings but provide psychosocial support to the women. They have been empowered and have strong decision-making power. The women's groups have been trained in sex and sexuality issues, HIV/AIDS Care and support services information. These groups act as catalysts for community capacity building. Results: The Children support groups and women support groups have brought about a social change that focuses on managing personal stress, offering support to other members, asking for acceptance and support from others when needed. The children in the support groups have been able to alleviate depression and anxiety amongst themselves, improve school attendance, encourage better physical health, provide emotional healing and reduce stigmatization and discrimination. Conclusion: Forming women and children's support groups is one of the social capital building strategies that promotes a healthy environment for women and children affected or living with HIV/AIDS.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:35:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:35:44Z-
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.hostMcMaster Universityen_US
dc.conference.locationDhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.description2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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