LEPRA is helping Shareefa and her mother cope with HIV/AIDS
Even before she was diagnosed with HIV shareefa faced discrimination from relatives who wouldn’t allow their children to play with her because of her appearance.
Both Shareefa’s father and mother are HIV positive. Her mother brought her skin rashes to the attention of an outreach worker from the CHAHA project on which we collaborate with a number of partner NGOs. CHAHA, meaning “a wish” in Hindi, is a care and support project that aims to reduce HIV related morbitity and mortality and to help children cope with the trauma of being infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Now on anti-retoroviral therapy (ART) Shareefa has gained weight and is able to walk on her own. Her mother says, “Today if we are alive and confident enough it is because of LEPRA and HLCHS*. We all together address the issues of HIV/AIDS”.
*Hydrabad Leprosy Control and Health Society is one of LEPRA’s NGO partners
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“They do such a great job and work such long hours. I’ll continue to do all I can to help.”
Cyclist for LEPRA and teacher in India