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IQLFH

IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE OF FAMILIES LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

 

Goal: creation of positive and enabling environment for the peoples living with HIV/AIDS in Howrah District through health, nutrition, education and livelihood skill building support.

 

Objective:  To improve quality of life of 30 selected families PLWHAS especially the women and children in Howrah district in terms of nutrition, education and livelihood support

Project components:

 

Nutritional support

·         Food support to 108 members from 30 families

·         Kitchen garden support to 15 families

 

Educational support

·         45 students from 30 families

·         28 students were provided with coaching support

 

Activities undertaken

 

The HIV epidemic is occurring in the population where mal-nutrition is already endemic. The body’s response against the HIV virus is inadequate if the immune system is immature. Malnutrition, especially through its negative effects on the immune system, further aggravates HIV infection by increasing the risk of opportunistic infections and death. In turn, HIV-infected persons are at higher risk for malnutrition. Furthermore, for people on ART, a balanced diet and a better nutritional status may enhance the effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs, improve adherence to treatment, reduce the side effects of medications and reduce the complications of opportunistic infections.

Providing nutritional support and periodical assessment of nutritional status through Body Mass Index was one of the main components of IQLFH project. Assessment of nutritional status and dietary habits has the following components:

 

·         Food support to 108 members from 30 families (One full meal per day)

·         Monitoring of BMI status [weight in kg/(height in mtr)2]

·         Promotion of kitchen garden, supply of seeds and sapling

·         Monitoring of CD4 count

·         Maintenance of Menstrual Hygiene

·         Regular de-worming

·         Sensitization of beneficiaries on healthy living

 

ü  Promotion of safe drinking water

ü  Promotion of healthy hygiene practice – healthy food habit and cooking practice, water and sanitation

ü   Construction of household latrine from panchayat support