Healthy Mother, Healthy Child (2017)

Main project aim: prevent refusal to be treated among 1,800 HIV positive pregnant women and women with small children in difficult situations in 6 regions…

Main project aim: prevent refusal to be treated among 1,800 HIV positive pregnant women and women with small children in difficult situations in 6 regions across Russia.
 
Project timeframe: September 2016 – September 2017.
 
Activities:
 
1. Monitor the barriers for HIV positive pregnant women and women with children in receiving medical and social services
 
2.Design and disseminate printed materials for patients: a pregnancy calendar and rights defense for HIV positive children and adolescents.
 
3.Support for programs in 6 cities on preventing the refusal to be examined and treated.
 
Support programs to prevent the refusal to be examined and treated include:
 
Establishing direct interaction between peer counselors and specialists from the AIDS centers: psychologists, doctors (pediatricians, infectious disease doctors, and gynecologists) with the aim of preventing women from refusing to be treated and to be examined (including the phenomenon of AIDS deniers) among pregnant women, mothers with children to age 3, and parents/guardians of HIV positive children and adolescents.
 
Drawing HIV positive women into the project: dispersal of vitamins and hygienic products.
 
Organizing and conducting in-person and remote counseling (by phone and internet).
 
Assistance to HIV positive women in challenging situations:
 
— Aid in signing up for welfare and in recovering documents of criminalized groups: HIV positive sex workers and women who use drugs.
 
— Receiving medication by proxy through a social worker/peer counselor and house delivery.
 
— House calls from social workers/peer counselors to counsel on issues of coping with one’s diagnosis, adherence, and childcare.
 
— Accompaniment of women to AIDS centers; child supervision while the woman is being examined at the AIDS center.
 
— Collaboration in the building of a crisis apartment for HIV positive women who have been subjected to violence and who have children.
 
The creation of a video about the importance of the work of peer counselors in AIDS centers, especially for women who are pregnant or who have small children.
 
Holding monthly online supervisions for peer counselors to discuss difficult cases and to counsel with specialists from other regions where the project is being implemented.
 
Transfer of the experience that is received over the course of the project to the federal level.
 

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