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CSSHD now supports around 550 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 CSSHD clients. Real names have not been used.


Samson is 38 and lives in a village north of Kalaymyo. He was married briefly in 2011 and believes he was infected with HIV from his former wife. He became very sick and made the long hard journey through the Chin Hills to Aizawl in Mizoram India where he sought help from the IVPHEN project. No treatment was available in Kalaymyo at that time. He was critically ill. He was admitted to Grace Home, a community care centre, and began to take anti-retroviral treatment (ART). IVPHEN staff supported him while he was in Grace Home and when he was discharged from hospital. He was admitted a second time when his health began to fail again. Finally his health stabilized and he was well enough to return to his village in Myanmar. He now receives his treatment from the Moreh ART Centre in Manipur India, which is closer to his home.

Samson was working as a maths teacher in a Middle School when he became infected with HIV. He had to leave his job. He is now living in his village with his sister, where he earns a small income teaching children in his home. He is a very creative and positive person and has organized an HIV+ support group in the village. CSSHD supports Sampson and his group with nutrition and medication, and help with transportation costs to the ART clinic, which they attend at regular intervals.


LAL CHUAN MAWI Lal Chuan Mawi is 25 years of age and lives in Kalaymyo. She was planning to work in a foreign country, but when she had a blood test in Yangon she discovered she was HIV+. She found it very hard to believe.

Her parents had divorced when she was a child, and when, in 2009, her mother was very sick, she went to look after her for a year. Her mother did not tell her that she had HIV/AIDS. Lal Chuan Mawi believes that this is how she became infected. In 2014 she made the difficult journey across the Chin Hills to Aizawl , Mizoram to receive treatment from the ART Centre there with support from the IVPHEN team. Now that treatment is available in Kalaymyo she no longer has to make the long journey to India. She is running a beauty parlour with the help of a microloan from CSSHD.

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Hnaing Hnaing moved from her small village to Thantlang in 2005. Her husband was often away working in Mizoram where he earned money as a labourer to support his family. They had a daughter and two sons. In July 2006 her husband became very ill and died. She believes that he was infected with HIV in Mizoram and passed it on to her and her eldest son. Anti-retroviral treatment (ART) was not available in Chin State then, so she travelled across the mountains with her son to Aizawl in Mizoram India, seeking help from the IVPHEN program there. They were both very ill when they arrived but with the help of ART which they started in 2010, the IVPHEN field workers and Grace Home, a community care centre, their health improved markedly. In 2014, they transferred their treatment to the Civil Hospital in Hakha, where ART treatment had finally become available. Hakha is an hour or more journey by road from Thantlang, depending on road and weather conditions.

She finds it very hard to support her three children alone. Her daughter is now in class ten at school, her two sons in classes seven and six. CSSHD supports the family with nutrition and education expenses and assists Hnaing Hnaing and her eldest son with transportation expenses for their now monthly visits to receive treatment at the Hakha Civil Hospital. CSSHD has provided a small loan to enable Hnaing Hnaing to raise pigs and earn some income, which she is doing successfully. She is now 32.

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Pari is twenty three years old. In 2012 her husband died from AIDS. They were living in a remote village in the Thantlang district with their two children. A year later, when she and her son became very ill, she travelled across the mountainous border to Aizawl in Mizoram India seeking treatment. Her son, 4 years of age, was particularly ill and was admitted to Grace Home for one month until his health stabilized. He suffered side effects from the anti-retroviral therapy (ART), so they made many return visits to Aizawl , and were supported by IVPHEN and CSSHD to make this travel possible. The field workers advised her to move to Thantlang as it was very difficult to support her in her native village. In December 2014 she was able to transfer her treatment to the Hakha Civil Hospital, where ART treatment was at last available. Fortunately her daughter is free from infection.

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Nu Zo married in 2007 and went with her husband to work at the Phakan Jade Mine Tract in Kachin State near the Chinese border. Her husband died from AIDS in 2008 when Nu Zo was pregnant. Her son was born four months after the death of his father. Nu Zo and her son, who now live in a village some kilometres out of Tedim town, suffered from ill-health for a long time and finally made the journey to the ART Clinic in Moreh, Manipur India, where they were both found to be HIV+. They now both receive ART and their health has improved greatly. Nu Zo’s relatives cannot support her. CSSHD field workers provide her and her son with nutrition, assistance for her son to attend school and help to travel to the ART clinic for treatment. Nu Zo is 38 years old and tries to earn money working wherever she can when her health is good.

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Nu Cin is 31 years old and lives in a village about 15 kilometres from Tedim town. She married in 2009 and had two daughters. Her husband was working at Phakan Jade Mine for a long time where he became infected with HIV. He died in September 2014. Nu Cin and her eldest daughter are now HIV+, and Nu Cin struggles to raise her daughters without a father. CSSHD workers provide the family with nutrition support and help her to travel, at regular intervals, some 70 kilometres along mountainous roads to Kalaymyo at the foot of the Chin Hills, where they now receive anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

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Last Updated ( Nov 30, 2016 at 07:14 AM )