Nutrition Supplement Scheme for HIV affected women and child welfare scheme has been started by the Social Justice Department (Kerala Government), which will provide nutritional supplements for women and children living with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). This scheme started in December 2008 to help people control HIV and live with HIV. Under this scheme, the government provides nutritional supplements to the victims and the women and children suffering from HIV. Providing good nutrients to the patient and controlling the rapid increase in HIV are important components of the plan because malnutrition can cause the transmission of HIV more rapidly and in combination with AIDS (Acquired Immune Reduction Syndrome). Most of the people living with HIV / AIDS without adequate nutrition in the country are from economically backward families and they do not get the food poisoned. There is a less immune system in HIV-infected patients which is very weak to avoid other infections.
On being sick, the patient becomes weak due to hunger and weight loss. In order to prevent and control this problem, the Government of Kerala has taken a very good initiative to provide nutritional supplements to live the lives of women and children living with HIV. Initially, 2,800 women and children who are registered with the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Clinic and the Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS), linked ART clinics are being provided nutritional supplements.
Highlights of the scheme
- Nutrition Supplement Scheme for HIV affected women and children
- Launch in the state of Kerala
- Under the scheme, Anti-Retroviral Therapy will be provided
What is Anti-retroviral therapy?
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the combination of several antiretroviral medicines used to slow the rate at which HIV makes copies of itself (multiplies) in the body. A combination of three or more antiretroviral medicines is more effective than using just one medicine (monotherapy) to treat HIV.
Benefits of the Nutrition Supplement Plans for HIV-affected Women and Children
- The government provides healthy supplementary food to the suffering women and children living with HIV.
- Financially backward families can get the benefit of this scheme.
- It helps in controlling HIV.
Eligibility for the Nutrition Supplement Plans for HIV-affected Women and Children
- The applicant should be a resident of the state of Kerala.
- Women and children living with HIV are eligible for the scheme.
How to apply for the Nutrition Supplementary Plan for HIV-affected women and children?
- For assistance, contact the social welfare office in Kerala.
- Contact the applicant security officer, Social Justice Department.
- Applicants should contact the Women and Children’s Department.
Conclusion of the scheme
The scheme is medical as well as social assistance plan set by the government of Kerala in order to fight the constantly rising disease issues across the state, focusing on HIV to allow for the people who suffer from it to have a fighting chance against the disease. Malnutrition can cause the transmission of HIV more rapidly and in combination with AIDS (Acquired Immune Reduction Syndrome). Most of the people living with HIV / AIDS without adequate nutrition in the country are from economically backward families and they do not get the food poisoned. There is the less immune system in HIV-infected patients which is very weak to avoid other infections.
Chief Probation Superintendent, Social Justice Directorate, Vikas Bhawan, Fifth Floor, Thiruvananthapuram
Ph No: 0471 – 2300672
Reference and Details
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