Home-Based Care Program
In the 1980s, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic broke out in India, all interventions focused singularly on its prevention.
CCDT was the first organization in the country to have underlined the significance of comprehensive care and support along with prevention.
Again, as most of the interventions to mitigate the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic focused on sexual behavior as the carrier of the virus, the engagement remained confined to adults.
CCDT was among the first organizations in the country to highlight the severity of the impact on children.
At CCDT we realize the significance of keeping the family together to withstand the crisis brought upon by the epidemic.
The presence of HIV/AIDS in a family requires timely and appropriate medical attention as the infection often translates into a loss of livelihood and expulsion from educational, health and other institutions. Families are often isolated and uprooted. HIV/AIDS affected families also have a high probability of parental and care giver deaths that result in orphaned children and child headed households. Such children become extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
The Home-Based Care (HBC) Program focuses on ensuring a safe, secure and protected childhood within families affected by HIV/AIDS. In doing so, it attempts to strengthen the capacity of families to protect and care for their children.
This we seek to achieve through:
- Psycho-emotional, economic, nutritional, and medical support
- Building capacities to access health services independently
- Training on self-care and nursing care
- Fighting stigma and discrimination
- Ensuring children's education is not disrupted, and
- Constituting community support systems
The Home-based Care model not only reduces institutionalization of children,but also enables Children Living with HIV/AIDS (CLHA) and Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) to enjoy productive lives with dignity.
Home-based Care Projects: A brief timeline
- In 1994,while working in Kamathipura, Mumbai, it became evident that HIV/AIDS afflicted and affected not only sex workers but other families as well.
- In 1995, CCDT began its first Home-based Care Project, ‘CHILD’ (Children of HIV Positive Individuals Living in Dignity).
- Saksham (2005), CHAHA (2007) and Nirmiti (2014) were three other HBC projects that began in response to the increasing numbers of HIV positive families needing support, with special focus on protecting the rights of children.
Join us in our crusade and help change a life.
You, too, can choose to support the HBC program by contributing in the following ways:
Rs.500/child/month for supporting Health, Education, and Income generation
Rs. 750/child/month for Counselling and self-care
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For Program-related queries, you may call Ms. Poonam Patkar, Associate Program Director, on 022-66881914 or write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org