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Evicted HIV+ Children Get Back Their Home

Times of India
11 November 2011
Jaipur India

Landlord, Neighbours Agree To Keep Children At House After Officials Intervene

A day after TOI reported the eviction of HIV positive children from a rented accommodation in Hanuman Nagar, officials of the district administration and the health department on Thursday visited the place and ensured that they retained their home.

The officials convinced the people living in the neighbourhood and the landlord to allow the HIV positive children to stay in the present accommodation.

Evicted HIV+ Children Get Back Their Home

The district administration team reached the Aanchal Care Home early morning and counselled residents of the area. After the team left, Rajasthan Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (RNP+) president Brijesh Dubey said, “ every problem has been resolved. We can live here at the present accommodation. We have an agreement for two years. The landlord is also helping us a lot.”

He said that the visit by the district administration officials and the medical and health department made the difference. As the district administration interfere into the matter and resolved the issue, smiles are back on the faces of the HIV positive children.

Earlier, RNP+ had written in an e–mail which was sent to TOI on Wednesday stated, “Just after six days of stay in the present home at Bharat Marg, Hanuman Nagar, the house owner forced the children to vacate the house with immediate effect due to pressure from neighboring people.” They had also met district collector Navin Mahajan asking him for a solution of the issue.

The team of district administration officials, including ADM (South) Jaswant Singh and also chief medical and health officer (Jaipur I) O P Thankan, along with policemen reached Bharat Marg in Hanuman Nagar and met residents, housing complex society office bearers and neighbours to talk about the issue. Singh said office bearers of the society told them that they had never asked the children to leave. “The neighbours told us that they are ready to help the children. They also told us that they did not ask the children to leave the house,” he said. Thankan apprised the neighbours that stay of the children does not make them vulnerable. He also told them about the misconception of HIV/AIDS.

Bharat Marg, where 19 HIV positive children who have lost their parents live, is one of the posh areas of the city. The care home, Aanchal Care Home, has been running since May 2010, and it shifted to a new accommodation on November 3 this year. Aanchal Care Home seeks children’s fundamental rights, fun–filled childhood with access to health, education, nutrition, psychosocial support and a safe environment free from stigma and discrimination.

Facts on AIDS

HIV can be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal or anal) or oral sex with an infected person; transfusions of contaminated blood; sharing of contaminated needles, syringes or other sharp instruments. It can be transmitted between a mother and her baby during pregnancy, childbirth & breastfeeding

One cannot get infected by HIV from breathing, touching, hugging, shaking hands with someone who is HIV–positive

Officials of district administration and health department at the house on Thursday

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