The project started in 2001 with the purpose to facilitate HIV infection diagnosis disclosure to children and teenagers registered and receiving therapy from specialized services, by their families and legal guardians.

Diagnosis disclosure aimed to create the basis for active involvement from the HIV positive children and teenagers in the decisions concerning them, to improve their therapy compliance and to provide vocational orientation for future social and professional integration.

In this respect, the project provided HIV positive children and teenagers and their parents with the necessary support in the shape of counseling and specialized care, both before and after HIV diagnosis disclosure. Apart from counseling and support, the HIV positive young people also benefited from medical and psychological monitoring, educational sessions about personal hygiene as well as information about sexual health.

Reaching the goal was possible due to the involvement of the local multidisciplinary teams made of social workers, physicians, nurses but also due to additional activities such as production and distribution of information and education materials, organizing training courses for the staff included in the project and facilitating the access to useful information, through the internet and the “Sunflower – Smile” Day Clinics.

For the children and young people, beneficiaries of the project, we organized a week long camps for diagnosis disclosure. Thus, 297 HIV positive young people and teenagers went on 10 camps organized between 2002 and 2004.

Partners:

  • The Petrosani Emergency Hospital;
  • The Bacau County Hospital;
  • The “Sf. Cuvioasa Parascheva” Infectious Diseases Hospital of Galati;
  • The Infectious Diseases Hospital of Brasov;
  • The “Prof. Dr. Matei Bals” National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Bucharest;
  • The Constanta County Hospital for Infectious Diseases – Romanian-American Center for Children;
  • The Craiova Hospital for Infectious Diseases;
  • The Singureni Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Giurgiu County.

Main donors:

· Partners for Life (The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation) 2003-2005;

· Fondazione Franco Moschino (Italy) 2001-2005;

· Elton John AIDS Foundation (Great Britain) 2002-2005;

· Regione Piemonte (Italy) 2002-2003;

· UNICEF 2001-2002;

· Romanian Social Development Fund 2001-2002.

Additional sponsors:

  • Coca Cola Romania 2003;
  • Orange Romania 2003-2004;
  • SC Teleferic Prahova SA 2003;
  • Bran Castle 2002-2004;
  • Peles Castle 2002-2004;
  • Colgate-Palmolive Romania 2004

Project objectives:

  • To increase professional competencies for specialists working with HIV positive young people in approaching diagnosis-related issues and in reducing the HIV transmission risk as well as competencies related to communication, relationship and education of young people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • To protect the right and to address the need of the children and young people living with HIV/AIDS to know their diagnosis in order to involve them in the decisions taken to control the disease;
  • To reduce the HIV sexual transmission risk through sex education for HIV positive young people and to educe the risk of HIV transmission to the relatives, by educating families about hygienic rules that need to be followed.

Beneficiaries:

  • 1300 teenagers included in the project;
  • 714 teenagers went through all the steps necessary for diagnosis disclosure;
  • Over 9.103 counseling sessions were held with the teenagers and their families;
  • 298 teenagers went to post-disclosure camps;

Project activities:

  • Training courses for the staff involved in the project (social workers, nurses, psychologists) on counseling, diagnosis disclosure, coordination of support groups for HIV positive children and teenagers and their relatives;
  • Production and distribution of information materials for parents and children;
  • Psychological counseling for parents and children, getting them ready for revealing the diagnosis, preventing the negative effects of diagnosis disclosure to children;
  • Education for family health;
  • Sex education for adolescents and pre-adolescents through information materials and direct counseling, underlining the risk of sexually transmitting HIV;
  • Organizing rural camps and workshops;

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