Alone and United in support of women with AIDS
Source: Third World Institute (ITeM). Published on Wed, 2004-12-01 16:38
While the government of Peru cuts down the state aid to the HIV-AIDS patients, the civil society gets together to fight against the disease. Alone and United (Solas y Unidas) is an organization focusing exclusively on infected women. It was established after the women themselves verified that not only their needs but mainly their attitudes towards the disease were different.
Oneof the main Alone and United objectives is to train housewives who havecontracted the disease so that they can work at home.
Thegroup is supported by the Peruvian NGO Free Way (Vía Libre), but little aid isreceived from international institutions. This year, Borja Velazco, founder ofAlone and United, wrote to the UNAIDS program demanding this and otherinstitutions’ support.
Accordingto official numbers, 12.680 Peruvians are HIV carriers, 30% of which are women.But the estimated real number could climb up to 70.000 infected, 75% of whichare unaware of the fact.
InPeru there are 12 NGOs whose main areas of concern are the right to health andthe problems that face HIV carriers and AIDS patients. These groups offermedical assistance, free or low-priced medicines and manage the so-called GAM(Mutual Aid Group).