“Family — is where a child belongs … Keeping Families Together”
CCDT is one of the pioneering organizations in Mumbai, to provid care and support to HIV infected/affected families and children. CCDT’s Home-Based Care (HBC) program works with these families and children to ensure that families do not fall apart as a result of HIV, and children continue to enjoy their childhood in their own families and communities. With continued support from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS), over the last 25 years, CCDT has been able to provide care and support to HIV infected/affected individuals.
Our Home-Based Care program provides comprehensive care and support to a dynamic population in all municipal wards of Mumbai, primarily in Health, Education (including Life Skills Education for children from 12—18 years of age) and Livelihood, to families and children infected/affected by HIV. The program aims to strengthen the capacities of families and mitigate the impact of HIV / AIDS on families unable to cope with deteriorating health, emotional stress and fear of uncertain death. With this objective, the HBC program enables HIV/AIDS infected/affected families and their children to become self-reliant through a continuum of psycho-social, health (medical & nutrition), education, legal & livelihood support so that children are not abandoned or institutionalized. Additionally, damilies are encouraged to access existing government services and provisions.
Testing & Treatment: HBC supports families and children registered under this program to get tested for HIV if they are not aware of their HIV status. All HIV positive adults and children visit hospitals for their routine CD4 test by themselves and also adhere to the ART treatment.
Building the Capacity of Families: HBC focuses on strengthening the understanding of family members to cope with crisis and ensures that families move towards self-reliance through monthly home visits and support group meetings.
Developing Community Support Systems: Community volunteers strengthen community support systems for infected persons. Not only do they address issues of stigma and discrimination within the community but they also provide necessary support and guidance to infected persons to avail of health services and other entitlements. They raise awareness within the community and encourage community members to come together and support each other.
Support Services: Enabling HIV/AIDS infected/affected families along with children to become self-reliant through a continuum of support services such as psycho-social (counseling in unconventional settings), health (medical & nutrition), education, legal aid, access to social protection schemes and livelihood support, so that children are not abandoned, institutionalized, or end up living off the street.
Building Awareness and Sensitizing Stakeholders: HBC address issues of inequitable access to basic services and entitlements through a multi-sectoral approach. It seeks to promote the rights of children affected by AIDS (CABA) to survival, development, protection and participation — through building capacities of local CBOs and networks, as well as sensitization and training front-line workers and other important stakeholders.
“A home is where the heart is … our Residential Care Centers serve as a home when there is no living family or community support.”
RCP is a comprehensive residential care programme that aims at restoring a wholesome childhood to children in crisis, that are orphaned and vulnerable, through health and nutritional care, psycho-social support, education, sports, recreation, family life values and personality development. It seeks to facilitate opportunities for the healthy growth and development of the children, until they are 21 years of age or either reintegrated with their families, or extended family, or start living on their own.
Health and Nutrition: All CCDT’s Residential Care Centers have a visiting nutritionist who prepares a seasonal menu to ensure based on the children’s requirements. Home-made supplements and a special diet are provided to children according to their health status.
Medical Support: All HIV-infected children at the centers undergo medical treatment (ART) and are supported by CCDT staff at the centers to adhere to their treatment. Each center has a visting pediatrition who assess the health of children residing at the centers and provides medical support as required.
Education: CCDT ensures that all children at their centers are enrolled in school. The centers engage in-house teachers and tutors to bring children up to the level of education required by their schools and enble them to excel academically. CCDT also arranges field trips, educational visits, vocational training and extra-curricular activities (football, music, dance etc.) to ensure that children receive a comprehensive education and enhance their employability.
Psychosocial support, andCounseling: CCDT engages in-house counselors to provide children residing at these centers with psychosocial support. Counselors use creative counseling therapies involving music and art, while conducting individual and group sessions with the children.
Legal Aid: In some cases, legal aid is provided to ensure that children have access to property that is rightfully theirs.
Future Planning: CCDT encourages each child and their existing family members (extended members as well) to co-create a plan for the child’s future, that includes mapping support networks, identifying career choices and listing potential sources of income.