But she was still feeling sick so we came back in June and then we stayed until January and we were discharged again.But she was still sick so we are always back in the hospital.” But with limited resources and only five social workers, the hospital was not able to provide the outreach services necessitated by the growing number of people with AIDS-related illness.“The Friends’ Foundation’s main focus is to look after the mothers once they are diagnosed [HIV-positive] and to help them through delivery and then take them home,” explains Ms. “We follow up on the children through their first 18 months.” She knows well what a serious issue mother-to-child prevention is.To date she has buried 80 children who died from the virus.Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Female, 32 I am an out spoken friendly person. Lae, Papua New Guinea Male, 34 Hi Iam esay going with respect and careing i spend most of my time doing my personal work after working hours reading booking,cooking and trying out new ideas in research.I love basketball and rugby league and actually enjoy playing these sports. I loved reading books, meeting people with different lifestyle and cultures. I love meeting new people and sharing cultures with ideas even exchange items o...Many of the support group participants are referred through the hospital’s paediatric ward.Among these are Lei and her two daughters, Kerry, 7, and Laho, 9.
One dedicated social worker is mobilizing support to help mothers and children affected by the disease.
“Coming to the Friends’ Foundation has helped me to know I have friends who are like me and that I am not alone in this world,” says Lei.
Efforts are under way to prevent more children getting infected at birth from HIV, by scaling up services for PMTCT at hospitals around the country.
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