AIDS–HIV infected orphaned childrenThese homes will address issues and problems of the
Bangalore: Karnataka will soon provide special homes, to address issues and problems, of the AIDS–HIV infected orphaned children. Five such homes will be set up in north Karnataka.
“The homes are likely to come up in a couple of months. We’ll soon decide on the places in north Karnataka where these homes will be established,” Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS) Consultant Suresh Shastri said.
“Along with taking care of food and shelter, the homes will also provide education to the inmates,” Shastri said.
The homes are the brainchild of the state’s Women and Child Welfare Department in association with the KSAPS.
“Around 60 children will be sheltered in each home. A sum of Rs one crore will be spent on each home,” Shastri said.
The homes will provide orphaned HIV – infected children special counselling, including Sex Education, to prevent further spread of the disease.
National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has marked Karnataka as a “Highly prevalent state”.
The state has 250,000 HIV–infected people and 33,000 suffering from AIDS, as stated by KSAPS. But only 22,000 members are registered under the society.
According to experts at KSAPS, around 30 per cent of children born to HIV infected mothers are at risk of contracting the disease if they are not part of the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPCT) programmes.
“Sixty percent of HIV–infected mothers in the state have no access to PPCT,” a KSAPS official said.
An estimated 2.5 million people in India are said to be living with HIV–AIDS, the third largest AIDS figure in the world.
Tuesday, Feb 21st
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