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World Aids Day: getting to zero aim must zero in on children

* prabhath kalkura

# UNAIDS 2011 – 2015 strategy is Getting to Zero
To Get to ZERO new Infection
To Get to ZERO HIV related deaths
To Get to Zero discrimination

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Well drafted vision statement stressing on Prevention, Care, Support, Treatment, Human Rights and Gender Equality. It requires a multi-dimensional approach to achieve the vision. UNAIDS drafted it nicely about execution. To achieve the zero new case, zero HIV related deaths we need to achieve the goal of zero discrimination. It is more over human rights and gender equality issue, Children Living With HIV are major challenge in it.

When it is confined to Udupi district, we find a great disparity among the PLHIV(People Living With HIV)!!! One side we have few empowered PLHIVs (Social, Economical and Political) but empowerment is used for the cause of destroying other innocent non HIV people’s image and carrier. Other side you have a few very good PLHIV who are working in the area of empowerment of their peer PLHIV sincerely and honestly unfortunates who are unrecognized and supported by government or society. Ultimately large section of PLHIV are not in the mainstream of the society even before their HIV status or today!!!! This is a big tragedy of the district, suppressed remain suppressed always and also the story of this country.

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My concern is Children Living with HIV, in the most of the cases it is parent to child transmission, except few NGOs, officers of government sector, employees of Department of Health have taken initiation in this regard. Distribution of books, scholarship, etc only will not render the need of the children. The government has some schemes under the Orphan Vulnerable Children, scholarships but these are very poorly drafted, confidentiality is the major issue to get benefited out of it. When some childrens’ camps were conducted for CLHIV along with other specially able children , we found only 30 – 40 CLHIV participated in it, but total CLHIV number in the district is more than 250. These are the good examples for the complete deprival of child right “RIGHT FOR PARTICIPATION”.

An orphan HIV positive girl aged 15 years, suppose to be the student of Government High School, Brahmavara becomes a housemaid to a rich family in the same location. Lately school teachers get to know about it, only school headmistress knew the status of that girl, in spite of repeated request from school teachers, they did not let this girl to attend the school rather they threaten the school teachers. Mr Sadanand Nayak, Child Development Project Officer later intervened and rescued this girl from the family. It was a pure case to frame the family under protection of child rights act and protection of child labor act. Another orphan boy, who is HIV positive aged 16, working for a bar and restaurant in Udupi. This boy is indulged in Jevline Delinquency he was also a servant to one rich family in Karkala taluk, once police were on verge of framing him under Juveline Delinquency Act but because of intervene by his house owner they did not. But later he continued his activities at one stage his activities were not tolerable by house owner and thrown him out from the home, now he is working in bar and restaurant. In these two cases could you expect these two children to take Anti Retroviral Therapy regularly? Required Care support and treatment were met from health team or society?
One more girl perusing her graduation in social work from Government College, who has single parent and lost her father in infancy, she came to know about her status in 5th standard at the same time her mother also diagnosed with HIV. She was so confident and bold when joined to graduation but now in final year undergoing the mental agony with self stigma. Such a brave, bold and intelligent girl’s need met with scholarships, books, dress and money? Another orphan boy pursuing his SSLC in Karkala dreaming to join ITI but does he able to do the hard work being a technician in the later stage. His limitations will be lifelong ART therapy with expected opportunistic infections.

In most of the CLHIV cases care providers are grandparents. After their grandparents’ era custody of these children..? Also in many cases siblings are negative. So the list of social, psychological, physical and economical challenges goes on…

Stigma hurts. Because of AIDS, children are bullied, isolated and shut out of school. They are missing out on education. They are missing out on medicines. Children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS are not only just as deserving of an education as any other children, but they may need that education even more. Being part of a school environment will prepare them for the future, while helping to remove the stigma and discrimination unfortunately associated with AIDS. Children are missing your love, care and protection.

I guess only a few officers like Mr Sadananda Nayak ex CDPO of Udupi taluk, Dr Ramachandra Bairy, ex DHO of Udupi district, Dr B M Hegde ex ART Medical officer, few counselors, considered Children Living with HIV as a major challenge, Surprisingly one of the former AIDS officer from Udupi wanted to utilize these children living with HIV in IEC campaigning as a positive speaker, if he had succeeded in doing this, he would have been sent to the jail under protection of child rights 2005. The person who was working closely in this area with great vision Dr Sharath Kumar was victimized with false complaint. So I feel confined to Udupi we should concentrate work on CLHIV , If these childrens’ issues like denial of their rights not addressed now, will lead to a major challenge to the society and for health care providers. We should work together to empower these children. If initiation taken in this area, probably we could contribute little to the vision statement of UNAIDS. If not definitely we cannot get in to Zero among Children Living with HIV.


* dr.ramachandra bairy

Wearing suit boot in stage and addressing public in AIDS Day rally, positive speaker talking to people in stage or in media or channels, press meet for statistics, forcing to give negative reports in testing centers etc are not solution to it. We need to fix into the shoes of these children.

“Let’s become a stigma buster. UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS”.

prabhath kalkura

* prabhath kalkura

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