Ariel Club meetings supported by KWID

ARIEL CLUB MEETING TO REDUCE STIGMA AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIVING

Ariel Clubs are composed of children from 5 years to 18 years who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. These are children of PMTCT FSG group members to enable them live a quality life. Quality for a child means meeting a child’s psychological, physical, spiritual and social needs.

Why the name “Ariel”?

 

Ariel and Elizabeth Glaser

Ariel was Elizabeth Glaser’s daughter who died of AIDS at 6 years of age. She was infected with HIV at birth when her mother was transfused with infected blood following severe bleeding (hemorrhage). She motivated her mother, Elizabeth Glaser, to start a foundation which raised funds to support the beginning of research in Pediatric AIDS. And today, we remember Ariel through the programs run around the world. Elizabeth Glaser’s fight for Ariel and her family represents the Foundation’s inspiration and motivation to work for children around the world.

Before she passed away, Ariel created a painting of how she envisioned the world – as a beautiful garden kept bright with sunshine and surrounded by love. This painting forms the logo of the foundation.

 

KWID with supports from USAIDRHITES-SW/EGPAF conducts Ariel club meetings at Kamwezi Health Centre IV with the purpose of strengthening psychological social support for children between 05-19 living with HIV/AIDS and enhance their retention and adhere to ART.

The clubs address the psychological and clinical needs of children so that they feel confident, stay on treatment, and prevent transmission of the virus to their own future partners, children are separated into two age groups: 5 to 9 years, and 10 to 19 years, to enable them to receive appropriate services for their age.

Some of the Ariel Club members playing after the meeting

The children are registered and their files reviewed; there is group and individual counseling; counseling according to gender; CD4 and viral load analysis (testing the strength of the virus); health education; and refreshments. At the end of the day, they are given their drugs plus a transportation refund.

The meeting is done during holidays because it is when children are not at school

During Ariel meeting KWID helps to distribute information, education, and communication (IEC) materials to youth and organizes some games to reduce on psycho social challenges. KWID has inspired many young people to test for HIV and many others to live positively.

“With KWID support to the Ariel Club has improved retention and treatment of the children. There’s also reduced stigma because the children share experiences,” explains Sunday Bernard linkage facilitator at Kamwezi Health Center IV.

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