Monday, November 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: HIV takes its toll on Dalit settlement

HIV takes its toll on Dalit settlement


Naru Kami, an HIV infected of Gundri bazaar in Dadeldhura, is in a
critical condition. Of the two people suffering from HIV-II, Kami is
the one living with it for the past nine years. Naru has been
providing for her three daughters since her husband died of HIV/AIDS
five years ago.

According to the available data, more than 16 women are living with
HIV in the Dalit settlement. "Sixteen women with HIV have been
identified but the figure can be higher as many others have not got
their blood tested," said president of Nepal National Dalit Society
Association Sunder Jairu. He added that of the 80 HIV-infected in the
district, 26 are from the settlement.

Chief of a section dealing with HIV at Regional Health Directorate,
Daya Krishna Panta, said the settlement is at risk of HIV and District
AIDS Coordination Committee concurs with it. "The situation is severe.
Victims are left in the lurch due to their dismal access to treatment
and counseling," said Committee Chairman and Local Development Officer
Hari Prasad Dahal.

Two other villages—Jafati and Kuwapani— have more than two dozen HIV
patients. Dipa Kami, who is working for HIV prevention, said a large
number of children are living with HIV in the village. "Neither there
is availability of medicines nor are they aware of HIV," she said.
Jairu said the trend of people leaving for Indian cities in search of
jobs is to blame for the rising cases of HIV here.

Posted on: 2011-11-18 08:11


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