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Wide Angle (Social Development Organization) Manipur was registered in 1984 by a group of dynamic Manipuri youth. The organization started working with a vision for creating productive youth by enhancing health, human rights and gender justice. It worked in collaboration with youth clubs, student's union and like-minded NGOs. It became a partner of the Manipur AIDS Control Society (1998), Manipur State Council for Child Welfare (2003) and Indian Network of NGOs in HIV/AIDS (2003). Wide Angle is a strategic partner in the north eastern region. This is an effective initiative in Manipur addressing issues of children infected / affected by HIV/AIDS thereby taking up the issue of child rights in the State.
Manipur has the highest HIV infection rate in India. Domestic violence, armed conflicts, unstable law and order situation, displacement and migration, abject poverty and unemployment are prominent regional issues of the area.
Out of every 100 women attending antenatal clinics, two are HIV infected. The children born to them have a 30% chance of infection. The acute poverty, ethnic violence, urban rural migration and HIV/AIDS epidemic has led to many children in Especially Difficult Circumstances (CEDC) in Manipur. The ethnic violence which rocked the State from early 1991 to 1995 led to huge migration to the valley and particularly in Imphal, where there are large number of children who are in need of special care and support. There are around 3140 street and working children in Imphal (Base line survey report - Manipur State AIDS control Society). Now a new generation of hundreds of orphans children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS has come in Manipur. 183 children in the operational area are HIV positive, out of 112 identified families; this number is higher than the population of women and male. Accessibility to education is low and school drop-out rate is high. In this context, Wide Angle envisages to develop productive youth who are inspired and respond to justice. The organization works without discrimination against religion, creed, race, gender or language and works in collaboration with youth clubs, student's union and like-minded NGOs and by building alliances with other groups.
- To improve the socio-economic conditions of the poor and marginalized people in the State.
- To propagate peaceful co-existence in the society.
- To develop appropriate model of health care and youth and child friendly services.
- To improve health care for marginalized women and children.
- To develop strategies and policies to minimize the impact of globalization.
- To strengthen advocacy towards enhancement of public health, reduce detrimental effect of development works and improve economic conditions and sense of peaceful co-existence
Review and Impact
The organization has done technical and specific intervention with the infected and affected children, women and community since 2005. Direct intervention with HIV/ AIDS infected and affected community is very necessary along with the community support. Capacity building programs were organized with the mothers and other stake holders. 9 more mutual support groups joined in this year. Mutual Support Groups received input in form of training, workshops on various issues. These women received knowledge on good health, hygiene practices, low cost nutrition and Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) adherence. Major emphasis was given on monitoring and ensuring ART adherence among HIV positive women and children. Currently, more than 96 members are taking ART under the monitoring of the project.
- Out of 172 HIV /AIDS children, 26 children were sent to public schools and 146 to private schools.
- 38 children are regular and taking interest in activities and some of them participated in the state level cultural meet organized by MACR.
- Events were organized to bring the affected children together through activities like drawing, singing competition, art work, recitation, dances.
- In order to facilitate speedy implementation of RTE the District Inspector was invited to give a talk on provisions of RTE and importance of formation of SMC to improve the quality of education in the schools. Around 200 women, children and men affected with HIV/AIDS availed the services of the government health institutions.
- To organize health awareness campaign with the family members of infected and affected clients.
- New members of MSG groups will be trained on health and nutrition with demonstrations.
- 60 families will be reached out to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS and reduce stigma and discrimination.
- Referral to existing health care services, NGOs and other health service providers - to reach out to 100 children and parents.
- To organize workshops on the issue of HIV/AIDS with civil society.
- Conducting income generation activity cum vocational training for MSG members.
- Free OPD, medicine support and counseling to 250 MSG members and HIV/AIDS affected children.
- Home based care & ART adherence training for staff and new MSG members.
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