TOGETHERS AGAINST AIDS

TOGETHERS AGAINST AIDS

Support for HIV-infected children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

168

children supported by the project

131

children attend primary and secondary

13

young people work regularly

We want to guarantee children of Addis Ababa, affected by HIV or AIDS patients, often very marginalized, the opportunity to study, have regular access to health care and the chance to be supported psychologically. The project aims at raising awareness of the population on the topic of AIDS both in terms of prevention and socio-economic inclusion of HIV-positive people.

WE GUARANTEE A NORMAL LIFE
TO HIV-POSITIVE CHILDREN 
IN ADDIS ABABA

CONTEXT
IN ETHIOPIA MANY CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY HIV AND AIDS

In Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in 2017, 16,000 new cases of HIV infection were recorded, of which 5,500 in children under 14 years. These children are often orphaned or semi-orphaned and contracted the disease during the mother's pregnancy. If the parents are present, they are often sick, stigmatized and unemployed, or with incomes below the poverty line. The possibility of attending school becomes an element of social redemption and the chance to live a normal life.

TARGET
GUARANTEE THE RIGHTS 
OF HIV-POSITIVE CHILDREN 
IN ETHIOPIA

The project aims at guaranteeing a dignified life for 100 Ethiopian children with HIV or AIDS patients, in two of the most populous areas of Addis Ababa: the subcities of Yeka and Gullele, in Addis Ababa. They are guaranteed with the necessary health care, the possibility of studying and not being stigmatized because of their health conditions. Being affected by HIV and living in fragile family situations are often insurmountable barriers for children living in contexts of poverty.

 

HOW WE ACT
MEDICAL AND PSYCHO
SOCIAL SUPPORT
 FOR
CHILDREN IN NEED

The project ensures constant monitoring of about 100 children: regular intake of anti-retroviral drugs, control of side effects, also providing drugs and foods to support the children's diet. This allows children to attend school regularly and  provides the necessary school supplies. Access to professional training is provided to many beneficiaries and to adults components of families who are able to work, promoting emancipation.

RESULTS
A BETTER FUTURE
FOR  HIV-POSITIVE CHILDREN
IN ETHIOPIA

The project aims to improve the beneficiaries' physical and mental health conditions, also offering support to members of their families. We ensure regular school attendance to facilitate the social inclusion of children often victims of discrimination. Through the project we create job opportunities, access to professional training and accompanying to work, waged or self-employed, to facilitate socio-economic inclusion and strengthening household income. We want to raise awareness on the phenomenon of HIV / AIDS in communities to reduce contagion and discrimination.

STORIES
THE RIGHT TO GO TO SCHOOL, PLAY. BE HEALTHY
MEKDES

Mekdes is an 11 year old girl born HIV-positive. The virus was passed on to her by her mother during pregnancy. 5 years ago she joined the project and, since then, she regularly attends lessons in primary school. She is in good health and has good academic results, with grades slightly above the average of her class. She dreams of opening her own clothing store in Addis Ababa.

HEALTH

The project ensures regular health monitoring of the beneficiary children and their families. Although access to antiretroviral therapies in Ethiopia is free, children need regular health check-ups and, when necessary, taking medications. The project also provides food supplements to strengthen the beneficiaries' immune system.

TRAINING

Abraham and Emnet joined the project 8 years ago. They lived alone in a house made available to them by the Yeka City Hall in Addis Ababa. “We are orphans and for years I have been busy giving Emnet what she needed to be able to go to school. When Emnet entered Cifa project I was also helped and I got my license and became a taxi driver. For years I have driven a taxi which I did not own. Then with my savings I managed to buy my own car. "

OTHER WAYS TO DONATE

Beneficiary

Cifa

Via Ugo Foscolo 3

10126 Torino

Bank transfer

Banca Unicredit Spa

IBAN IT34Q0200801005000102087969

SWIFT UNICRITM180

Postal order

Poste Italiane Spa     C/C 50829423

IBAN IT84U0760110300000050829423

SWIFT BPPIITRRXXX

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