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Psychological and social support to HIV infected women in Leningrad Oblast 2007-2009

Project title Psychological and social support to HIV infected women in Leningrad Oblast 2007-2009
Database Data manually inserted in the NDPHS Database
ID in the source database 534
Thematic area
  • Gender-related Health
  • HIV/AIDS
Topic Supporting psychological and social welfare of HIV-infected women in Leningrad Oblast
Project geographical area Russia
Substate level / administrative units /regions Leningrad Oblast
Lead partner (organisation) National Institute for Health and Welfare, International Affairs, Finland
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations Leningrad Oblast AIDS Centre
Start date 2007-03-15
End date 2009-12-31
Duration (months) 33
Target audience HIV+ women and their families
Summary The project aims to increase the capacity of specialists and service system to give social and psychological support to HIV-positive women. The project will create a network between relevant authorities, organisations and specialists to use their expertise to reach the beneficiary group. An assessment survey of HIV+ women's needs in psychological and social support will be undertaken within the framework of the project. On the basis of the survey, a training programme will be designed and organised for AIDS centre personnel and pilot districts' staff. New working methods, developed in the process of training, will be piloted in chosen institutions. The project aims to establish an office for psychological and social support of HIV+ women under the Leningrad Oblast AIDS centre.
Background Most HIV+ women in Russia are at the most fertile age - between 18 and 30 years. HIV positive women have to decide whether to have or not to have children, to have an abortion or to continue pregnancy.
The HIV positive population in Leningrad Oblast is quite young, 70 % is in the age of 19-30 years. Since 2003 more and more women in reproductive age have been infected. At the same time, the number of births given by HIV positive mothers has increased, and in 2003 there were 128 children born and in 2005 already 224 children.
Pregnant HIV positive women, after visiting maternity clinic, are taken care of by a gynaecologist according to their residential district and an infection disease specialist of the AIDS centre. At maternity clinic these women do not always get psychological and social support. Stigmatisation, lack of peer support and lack of support by specialists, may lead to late to maternity clinic referrals or to no referral at all before birth. HIV positive pregnant women who do not visit maternity clinic and lead asocial way of life are likely to abandon their babies.
Objectives 1. To reduce stigmatisation of HIV+ people especially pregnant women and their children
2. To further social and phychological adaptation of HIV+ women and their families
3. To reduce the number of mother-to-child transmission cases
4. To reduce the incidence of abandonment of children.
Specific objectives/indicators 1. To create a network between relevant local authorities, organisations and specialists to use their expertise to reach the beneficiary group
2.To assess the needs of HIV+ women's in psychological and social support
3. To increase the capacity of specialists to give psychological and social support
4. To develop new working methods and test them in pilot regions
5. To increase the capacity of service system
Results 1. Network between relevant local organisations formed
2. Needs of HIV+ women in psychological and social support assessed
3. Capacity of specialists in giving social and psychological support to HIV-infected women increased
4. Working methods of phychological and social support created and tested in pilot districts
5. Capacity of service system increased
Total foreseen budget EUR 290,000
Total implementation costs
(for completed projects, if available)
no data
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exchange rate at
Infoeuro Monthly Files)
no data
Financing agencies / organisations Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Project's URL / project's website no data
Papers associated with this project no data
Further information Additional funding from local partners
Last posted: on 2011-03-12 at 16:30:51

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