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IVPHEN now supports around 230 people living with HIV/AIDS. This includes:

• information about the illness and how and where to get help
• counselling and assistance with home care
• ensuring clients have regular access to medications
• help in accessing services such as hospitals and care centres
• provision of nutrition
• financial assistance when necessary
• small loans to help clients earn money to support themselves

Below are the stories of some of the IVPHEN clients. Real names have not been used.

HNEMI is thirty-four years of age. When she first contacted IVPHEN workers in 2010, she was HIV+ and widowed with a two year-old son. She re-married a year later, but her husband deserted her when she became pregnant. She has no close family in Mizoram to help her, and as she was no longer able to work, IVPHEN supported her daily needs. Her second baby was born in 2012. Hnemi knew she could not support and raise two children alone, so with the help of IVPHEN and a local children’s home, she arranged for her baby to be adopted by a local couple, both of whom are doctors.

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She began working as a weaver to help support her young son. Later in 2012 she married again. Her new husband is also infected with HIV. He has recently been trained to use the handloom. With a small loan from IVPHEN they are now establishing their own weaving business.

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IVPHEN worker, Mawia, is a favourite with the children. Hnemi’s son won’t let Mawia leave without a slow ride on his motorbike to the end of the road leading to his home.

C K PUII is fifty-two years old. She first asked for help from IVPHEN in 2009. She was very ill and began Anti Retroviral treatment shortly after.

Survival was very difficult for her. She was estranged from her married daughter and was living alone with her 10 year old son. In 2010 she was in and out of hospital, where she was treated for TB as well as psychiatric problems. When she was at home, her son prepared food for her before and after school, as she was unable to walk. IVPHEN workers visited her regularly and assisted her with personal care.

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In 2012, supported by IVPHEN, a place was found for her at a care centre. She has now transferred to another centre and her health is improving daily. She can walk without help from others and look after herself. IVPHEN workers are hoping she will soon be able to return home to live with her son.

VUNGI is thirty-two years old. She discovered she was infected with HIV in 2009, when she became pregnant. It was a very hard time for her, as her mother had recently died and her brother was suffering from an acute mental illness. To make matters worse, her husband, on learning of her infection, divorced her, leaving her alone to face pregnancy and the care of her father and brother. After the birth of her child, IVPHEN provided baby milk and nutrition for her and her family. In 2011, she was granted a small loan to run a food shop at her house as well as selling food house to house.

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Vungi has managed to save enough from her earnings to buy a small piece of land where she will build her own house. She has planted some vegetables in a plot nearby which she plans to sell through her business. Her son is now a healthy four year old.

SAWMI is twenty-five, and is married with a three-year old son and two-year old daughter. Fortunately her husband and children are not infected with HIV, although her husband is unable to work continuously due to a chronic stomach ulcer. Sawmte became estranged from her mother after her marriage, but when her second child was born through surgical intervention, IVPHEN workers contacted her mother, knowing she needed assistance. Her mother visited her in hospital and since then their relationship is back on an even keel.

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The two children are very close in age and after the birth of the baby, IVPHEN provided assistance with baby milk and with medications as both children suffered from illnesses. Today the family is in good health and supporting themselves.

KIMI is thirty-three years of age. Her husband died of AIDS earlier this year. He knew they were both infected with HIV but did not want either of them to take any treatment. After his death IVPHEN workers have been able to support her and her one year old daughter, who is also infected. They both were admitted to hospital and began Anti Retroviral treatment shortly afterwards.

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ZAIA and MAWII came to Mizoram from West Burma with their daughter, who is now five years old, in search of help for Zaia, who was very sick. He was admitted to hospital several times, until finally he was tested for HIV. He got a positive result and started Anti Retroviral treatment. Shortly after, Mawii discovered she was also HIV positive and she now receives Anti Retroviral treatment. Life has been very difficult for them as Zaia continues to be in and out of hospital. He also is infected with tuberculosis.

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Last year they received a loan from IVPHEN and help to set up a handloom. Now, when their health is good, they can earn some money with their weaving.

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CHHUNGI’s husband died of AIDS in 2007. She was living in a small village in Chin State and faced lots of difficulties when people learned he had died of AIDS. When she learned she was also HIV+, she came to Mizoram with her four children and began to receive Anti Retroviral treatment. She was unable to support the children, and with the help of IVPHEN, found a place for the three youngest in a children’s home. They are all free from infection. Now she lives with her eldest son, who is fifteen years old and HIV+.

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With a small loan from IVPHEN, Chhungi has managed to earn some money when she is well from her weaving.

Last Updated ( Aug 06, 2015 at 04:02 AM )