UNICEF to Provide Holistic Support to HIV Positive Children

by Medindia Content Team on  April 16, 2008 at 3:17 PM AIDS/HIV News
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UNICEF to Provide Holistic Support to HIV Positive Children
The United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) will be introducing a module designed to take care of HIV positive children with special emphasis on their emotional needs.

The UN body is currently working out details of a module for counselors, parents and care-givers to focus on the psychological needs of children infected with HIV and AIDS.

Dr Tushar Rane, from UNICEF, Maharashtra explained that such a module was needed urgently as professionals in the HIV/AIDS field were struggling to deal with stressed out children.

Dr Mamta Manglani of Sion hospital said that children with HIV were often depressed and withdrawn, but because they are naturally resilient, they could bounce back from such problems provided they are given the right support.

The UNICEF training module will be first implemented in Mumbai and then extended to the rest of the state.

Source: Medindia
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