Save the Children's HIV and AIDs program to focus on children
Save the Children Nepal program under the Global Fund HIV grant is implementing a Cash Transfer program for children living with HIV (CLHIV) in Nepal from mid April 2014. The program intends to reach all children living with HIV in Nepal with a monetary support of NRS. 1,000 per month per child. The operational modality of the program will be based on the CABA Cash Transfer Operating Guidelines, which was endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Population on 17 February 2014. The program will initially start with 1,300 CLHIV (the current reported case in the country) in the initial quarter and subsequently scale up to reach all CLHIV. In addition to the Cash Transfer activity, the program will also include supportive activities to strengthen cash transfer by developing competency of people administering the program and by strengthening support systems in the communities so that children receiving (and not receiving) the grant are not discriminated or stigmatized, and that their caretakers are competent to ensure that the cash received is spent on the welfare of children. Special program focus is also on child headed and women headed households and on linking HIV treatment and care programs with the cash transfer program.
Tara Chettry, Chief of Party (CoP), Global Fund program at Save the Children said, "This is an opportunity for Save the Children to serve and to bring about tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable children of Nepal.”
At a time when there are no national social protection programs, this is a real opportunity for Save the Children to serve children living with HIV. Save the Children works in partnership with local communities, networks, non-governmental organizations and government authorities to make sure children and families affected by HIV and AIDS can live positively and productively without stigma and discrimination. Our program works to reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS by increasing awareness of safe practices to prevent spread of HIV and access to HIV related services, food, health care and education.