CLIENT MANAGEMENT OF FAMILIES AFFECTED BY HIV IN OSH REGION OF KYRGYZSTAN

Duration: June-November 2008 (Phase I), April-February 2010 (Phase II) || Donor: ViiV Healthcare || Budget: $82,565 

The overall aim of the project was to ensure that HIV-positive children and their family members have improved access to HIV prevention, treatment, and support services through the set-up of an integrated system of care.

GOAL

Improvement access for HIV-positive children and members of their families to HIV-infection prevention, treatment, care and support through creation of client-management system.

Primarily, AFEW’s activities in the region were focused on making contact with families living with HIV, assisting them in accessing medical, social and psychological services, as well as ensuring that families who needed it received social support related to their HIV status. AFEW also developed a new non-governmental organisation composed of a peer group of parents to HIV-positive children based in Osh.

Specifically, AFEW carried out the following activities as a part of this project:

  • Organised a series of meetings with the parents of HIV-positive children to discuss their needs and to organise an NGO to specifically advocate for them and provide mutual support to additional families in future;
  • Set up and equipped a community-based service centre (that is, a ‘social bureau’) in the Osh oblast to provide integrated medical, social and psychological services to HIV-positive children and their families;
  • Provided technical support and training on NGO management, project planning and fundraising to a newly created organisation to advocate for families living with HIV and ensure the long-term sustainability of activities.