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A gesture from the heart

July 13, 2011

Ramu is a young man from Koppal, who got an opportunity to understand about HIV, when he and his friends put up a streetplay in their village on that issue. Much later, when he chanced to come across a person who had died due to HIV and where the community was hesitating to even touch […]

Creating Community supports

March 15, 2011

For Rakshane Mahila Okkoota, the fact that one of their members was affected by stroke and had no one to support her or her family of two children meant not only that they come forward to support her, but also that they work with other people in her own village to ensure that her community […]

Keeping clients at the centre

November 9, 2010

Being patient centered or client centered is something which is always valued but difficult to operationalize in health care settings. This is an incident shared by a counselor at Samraksha’s care centre, on how she learnt to be client centered. At the care centre, a young lady Ratna was being cared for by her elder […]

Spontaneous expressions of support

May 11, 2010

In a bus stand in a busy district town in North Karnataka, a woman had been abandoned by her family. She was extremely sick, and too weak to even swat the flies hovering around her. For the small crowd of people gathered around her, her condition and suffering were unacceptable. They decided that they would […]

Women in sex work take control of their life and make a difference for others

February 17, 2010

“ I was like a dry  tree existing with no joy and feeling no sense of purpose, alone and bereft, but over the last five years, I have sprouted fresh leaves and gone on to become a luxuriant tree with flowers and fruits to share with others” ….these were the words of a woman in […]

Caring for our people, in our families and our communities

February 4, 2010

Sharanappa cared for his HIV positive son in law, as his own son, even when his son-in-law’s family ostracized him. He supported him, when he was extremely sick, and ensured proper end of life care, and a death with dignity. Today, his daughter has been so inspired by her fathers support and care that she has […]

Women fighting for their due

February 4, 2010

The HIV epidemic has affected women in many ways. Many of them have been widowed at a younger age, and even as they are attempting to cope, they are cheated out of a share in their husband’s property, by other relatives. But increasingly women fighting back and claiming what is their due. Basamma, a young […]

Stories of change

February 4, 2010

Often, people discriminate against or stay away from a HIV positive person, mostly due to fear. But if they understand that there is no fear of transmission in normal social interaction, frequently they regret their behavior, and want to really reach out and support the positive people, as friends, as neighbors, as members of their […]