The past year has been one of opportunities and challenges, as we've continued to serve the children of this community. This year, we've continued to offer a number of health services, workshops on sexual and reproductive health, education, and counseling to help these girls better deal with the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
We track the number of girls and women who receive services through house visits
Estimated girls & women affected
Participant lists from events, data from clinic visits, and data from house visits
Estimated community members affected
One year ago, you chose to improve the lives of 42 girls in the Dominican Republic who are affected by or living with HIV/AIDS. The past year has been one of opportunities and challenges, as we've continued to serve the children of this community. This year, we've continued to offer a number of health services, workshops on sexual and reproductive health, education, and counseling to help these girls better deal with the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS. Through a partnership with a specialized health treatment center for HIV/AIDS patients, we have ensured that these girls and other children receive medical care for their condition as well as the information and support they need to thrive. Additionally, this year we have been able to increase the project staff’s capacity through training sessions aimed at developing strategies to cope with the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS. Through The Global Fund for Children’s additional services, we've also helped bring additional opportunities to project staff, including their attendance at the World AIDS Conference in Washington, DC.
“With the help of the program activities I have been able to keep a healthy life style and I have also learned how to make jewelry. I have also learned to take better care of myself and how to use the retroviral medicine they give me. I am very thankful to GFC for their support to be able to improve our health and quality of life” - Program Participant
Risks and challenges
Fighting the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic continues to be the greatest challenge for this project. Case managers have been of great assistance in this regard, as they work directly with schools and the community to combat these issues. When problems in the schools arise, case managers work with teachers and counselors directly to resolve them through dialogue.
What we’ve learned
One of the greatest components of our program in the Dominican Republic is the educational services we provide. This program, which pairs program participants with personal tutors who are also living with HIV, has been instrumental in helping children cope with and develop strategies to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Tutors serve not only as educational aids, but as mentors who share their firsthand knowledge of the care and treatments needed to live a long and healthy life.
Our next steps in the Dominican Republic will be an extension of services to even more children affected by HIV/AIDS and an emphasis on fundraising strategy. We hope to provide a grant to enable staff from this project to attend a Knowledge Exchange hosted by The Global Fund for Children. Through this opportunity, project staff will attend training seminars and engage in dialogue with others to understand how they can better support the children in this community.
Amount spent so far
Learn more about our work with adolescent girls here: http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/GFC_Adolescent-Girls_FY14.pdf Learn more about our work in Latin America here: http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/FY14_Regional-Brief_LAC_For-Web.pdf
Brighter futures ahead
May 22, 2014
It's been 90 days since you took a stand and donated to The Global Fund for Children's project to provide female youth living with (or directly impacted by) HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic. To date, your donation has helped 10 female youths by providing them with free medical care, a personal tutor, and psychological workshops. Because of you, we have been able to accomplish so much in three months time. Every dollar you donated helped reduce the stigmatization and discrimination that girls living with or affected by HIV/AIDS face within their communities and among their peers.
Risks and challenges
Stigma and discrimination are our two biggest challenges. However, by facilitating health education, medical treatment, and relationship building, we are reducing the stigma surrounding girls affected by HIV/AIDS, ensuring a better and brighter future for the 10 young females you helped.
We're giving girls the chance to express themselves. Often discriminated against due to HIV/AIDS, our candlelight ceremonies give girls the opportunity to cope with the disease in a therapeutic space. This is just one of the many steps we are taking to help make their lives easier.
The next step is to make sure we reach our target of empowering 42 girls living with HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic. This means making sure they receive the educational opportunities they deserve. In order to do that, we’re growing our tutoring program and helping increase the number of HIV/AIDS affected girls with personalized, tailored curriculum.
Together, we are making certain that young women escape the stigma of living with HIV/AIDS and are given the amenities they need to build new, productive futures. But, as you know, this isn't where it ends. Continue to help us make a difference in girls' lives around the world by joining our amazing team on Catapult, led by Victoria Dunning, our awesome Executive Vice President.
Learn more about our work with adolescent girls here.
Approximately 3,780 children and youth under age 14 are living with HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic. Help us make their lives easier.
Why we care: Female youth living with or directly impacted by HIV/AIDS are often subject to more stigmatization and discrimination than their peers.
How we're solving this: We directly assist these female youths by providing free medical care, a personal tutor, and psychological workshops.
According to the 2010 UNAIDS report, an estimated 3,780 children and youth between the ages of 0 to 14 are HIV-positive. Only 37 percent of them have received any type of treatment.
As one of the only direct HIV/AIDS-specialized service providers in the northern part of the country, Global Fund for Children assists individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDs by providing a better quality of life through educational, psychosocial, and medical services.
Our program provides health education and psychological workshops to 42 female youths and their families to help them better understand not only how to live with their condition, but also ways of preventing further spread of the virus. These workshops are paired with free medical care from specialized staff that provides individualized treatment to each girl. These treatments include home visits to assess the health and socioeconomic status of each female youth and to follow up and track these prescribed medical treatments.
We also recognize the integral role education plays in each girl’s future, so we pair each girl with a personal tutor who is also affected by HIV/AIDS. This allows the tutor to share firsthand the knowledge they have gained on how to care for themselves and how to manage the treatments needed to live the long and healthy life each girl deserves.
By facilitating health education, medical treatment, and relationship building, we are reducing the stigma surrounding girls affected by HIV/AIDS, ensuring a better and brighter future for the young females of the Dominican Republic.