HIV/AIDS Education and Support Program - Mizoram PDF Print E-mail
Hope Adelaide Inc., with funding from Caritas Australia, is working in partnership with a local non-government organisation called Integrated Voluntary Public Health Education Network (IVPHEN)

IVPHEN works with its sister organization in western Myanmar, Charity Social Services for Human Development (CSSHD).

In 2014, the two programs came together under the banner of the Integrated Health Network (IHN). A Program Director oversees the Network on both sides of the border, under the direction of the IHN Board. The Board is comprised of representatives of CSSHD and IVPHEN.

IHN has proven to be an excellent example of cross-border cooperation.

The program is working to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS, and the stigma associated with the illness, through its education programs. It also provides direct assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) by providing counselling, nutrition, home care, help to access anti-retroviral therapy and microloans.

Most of the Burmese in Mizoram are Chin people from Chin State in western Myanmar. Many are refugees or asylum seekers, whilst others are itinerant workers trying to earn a living for themselves and their families. The Chin population in Mizoram has grown from an estimated 50,000 when the project began to around 70,000 to 100,000 in 2013.

While the target group has been the Burmese, the project is also open to any Mizo/Indian residents who wish to be involved. The project reaches around 20,000 people per year.

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Outside the IVPHEN office in Aizawl

IVPHEN field workers are based in the towns of Aizawl, Champhai, Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Saiha, and travel in groups to the remote villages and work camps where many of the Chin people are located. Their journeys are often very difficult in the remote and rural areas of Mizoram.

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IVPHEN workers negotiate a river crossing

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An IVPHEN worker talks with road workers at a work camp in the countryside

Click here to read about the field workers' experiences.

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Clients and IVPHEN staff in Aizawl

In 2010, a microloans program commenced for program clients, to encourage self-sufficiency and assist in skills development. Click
here to learn more about the program.

Last Updated ( Nov 30, 2016 at 07:01 AM )