HIV/AIDS Programme

   This project supported by SAF & PACF, UK
Mission & Vision
The mission of HEALDS is to improve the lives of people struggling with the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, especially children and women. We provide cost-effective relief, services, medical and social support, education and advocacy to help these victims achieve their full life potential.

Aims
Our Aim is to reduce the spread of HIV and meet the challenges in the field of AIDS. We are committed to preventing HIV infection, facilitating access to treatment, care and support and lessening the impact of AIDS.


                                                                                                                  

  • Local people voluntarily involved in Construction of Farm Ponds in Seventhipatty &
  • Indian Bank Regional office has approved HEALDS as “A” Grade rating NGO in Namakkal District towards facilitating formation
  • One to Group Interactions for Anti Natal & Post Natal Mothers to be held in 6 clusters in
  • HIV/AIDS for Youth awareness programme is conducted in district level, and covered

Objectives

  1. To reduce the morbidity and mortality of the PLHAs is the main objective of this project.
  2. To offer stigma free voluntary counseling and testing for HIV patients and their families.
  3. To help PLHAs in antiretroviral (ARV) drugs from Govt & monitor them in drug adherence.
  4. To support orphans and vulnerable children infected and affected with HIV by all means.

Background of the Problem
About 10,000 girl children between the ages of 13-18 from of Namakkal district of Tamilnadu state, have been forced in to work in power looms and other allied industries and also forced to married with sexually experienced old man.  These girls are vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse also high risk to HIV/AIDS. These child brides and mothers not aware about condom usage, STD, HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health rights for them. Now the incident ratio increased. Also HIV infected children raised and mostly they are orphaned.

Core problem
More than 600 children are infected with HIV in Namakkal district, and of these more than 50 children are  under ART Treatment. In addition 100 of children every year are directly and indirectly affected by the epidemic as a result of the death and suffering in their families and communities.
Often girl children away from the houses for various reasons like unskilled labour works or hazardous work in spinning industries in Namakkal district. This situation will lead to fall prey to

 

sexual depredations. Many times the girl children rescued by the government or NGOs from the working places, after the rescue action,  the survival of rescued children is complicated. Reintegration to the community is not easily possible for the rescued children, hence between the period the shelter, food, education and counseling support is very need to the children.
The number of infected children 
The figures below show the number of children infected by HIV /AIDS
Orally informed by ART centers, Namakkal 

  1. At the end of 2011, there 600 children living with HIV around the Namakkal district.
  2. There are more than 100 children under the age of 18 who have last one or both parents to AIDS.


How children become infected with HIV

  Generally sexual transmission does not account for a high proportion of child infections but in namakkal district and other northern district of Tamilnadu,  children are sexually active at an early age. This is potentially conductive to the sexual spread of HIV among children, especially in areas where condom use in low and HIV prevalence is high. In Namakkal district. 16 percent of young females (aged 15 -19) and 12 percent of young males reported having sex before they were 15 in 2010.
The lower the age  of first sex, the higher the life time risk of HIV infection This is because early sexual but is often associated with older life time parents, higher rates  of coerced sex and lower rates of condom usage.
Girl Children are also at risk of becoming infected with HIV through sexual abuse and forced child marriages. In some part of namakkal , the myth that HIV can be cured through sex with a virgin has led to forced sex some time of very young children by infected man – although whether or not this is a significant factor in child sexual abuse in the region is disputed.

iii)Promotion of women SHGs & Micro Credit details
Mahalir Thittam is a socio-economic empowerment programme for women implemented by Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd. Mahalir Thittam is based on Self Help Group (SHG) approach and is implemented in partnership with HEALDS Since 2002 in Namakkal district.
The hallmark of the SHGs promoted by Mahalir Thittam is the systematic training provided to the SHG members and the office bearers. This capacity building brings about qualitative changes in the attitude of the women and promotes cohesion and effective functioning of the group.

All the SHG members are imparted training in 4 modules for 4 days to orient them to the SHG concept. The office bearers of the SHGs (Animator and Representative) are given training in 3 modules for 6 days. This training enhances the leadership quality, team building spirit and capacity to maintain books of accounts. In addition, SHG members who are interested in starting economic activities or develop skills to get self employment are provided skill training. The skill training includes a 5 day capsule on entrepreneurial development.

  1. HEALDS delicately organized 1260 women SHGs and nearly 16,500 women members actively functioning with us.
  2. Totally Rs.13 Crore Rupees Direct loan have been  provided to women SHG members in Mohanur, Namakkal and Thiruchencode blocks.
  1. Women involved in Micro business

 

There is huge demand for skilled persons in the manufacturing sectors, HEALDS provide Tailoring training to young women groups and provide skill training in korai mat weaving, “Murukku” food manufacturing, Beautician training and etc.,

  • One to Group Interactions for Anti Natal & Post Natal Mothers to be held in 6 clusters in Mohanur block under PPTCT project supported by PACF
  • Rain water successfully harvested in newly constructed Farm ponds in seventhipatty village towards recharge the water level in nearby wells.
  • Staff capacity building training have been conducted by Tanurina from IMPACT, New Delhi at our office campus
  • HIV/AIDS for Youth awareness programme is conducted in district level, and covered 300 villages through Audio / Video shows by our Youth cultural team

  • ICICI Bank
  • Namakkal Branch
  • Tamilnadu - 637001
  • A/C.No:62220101 4520
  • IFSC Code:ICIC 000 6222