CINI Australia is pleased to support the IICCHAA program for children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. 

When a parent discovers they are HIV positive they worry about how they contracted the illness, their health and what it will mean for the future for their children. Many women are diagnosed at the same time they are widowed. Often they are rejected by their family and community out of fear and lack of knowledge.  This can lead to loss of income and exclusion from education which can drive vulnerable people further into a cycle of poverty. 

The IICCHAA program builds strength, confidence and knowledge so the family can provide for their children’s future. They access regular medication, government schemes for housing and education funds, and vocational and leadership training, which all help their economic stability. By providing monthly nutritional packages, this program addresses the chance of malnutrition which can increase the risk of those with HIV progressing to AIDS.

Essentially this program provides physical, emotional, psycho-social and economic recovery for families. 

HIV and AIDS public education 

Public education on HIV and AIDS plays a huge role in reducing stigma in villages and wider communities.  As the understanding of HIV and AIDS grows and the fear subsides, people are accepted back at work and children welcomed back at school. 

Our support enables a range of public health education approaches including utilising local cultural activities such as folk performances to explain HIV and AIDS and how people can live with either or both.