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Camillian Social Center Rayong

Country: Thailand
Location: Rayong, Thailand southeast
Beneficiaries: children and adult AIDS patients without a family

Nature of the project

Social and Health Care

The Project

Adults and children who are victims of AIDS are a serious problem for the Thai society. Families can not take care of them, and often relatives reject them out of fear, ignorance and poverty. The project wants to give to AIDS patients a chance of life denied by a virus that leaves no alternatives. Create an environment around the sicks that make them feel loved and accepted, under the Protection of these Human Rights that have been denied so to grow up with a good psychological balance. The objectives are: to help people with AIDS, who are poor and without economic and emotional security, to have a life as normal as possible, ensure the education and schooling of children so that they can, grow up, learn how to manage their lives.
Of the fundamental importance is the preventional activities that a team from the center develops in the territory, involving groups of people of different environments: from the workers, fishermen, mothers of families, etc. Within the center there are several areas: the multi-purpose hall, the kitchen, the dining room, even the 'ICU unit where the terminally ills are cared for. The center receives an average of 40 children and 50 adults.

The Context

The Camillian Social Center is a center for people with HIV-AIDS, which is located in Rayong province, in south-east Thailand, the third, at national level, for the highest number of AIDS patients. Until 2000 the organizations of public health in Rayong had not planned interventions to help people with AIDS and the lack of funds did not help to cope with an alarming situation. After several battles fought for the rights of HIV-positive children, and demonstrating that the antiretroviral therapy would allow each child to live, the Camillian Social Center in Rayong obtained the assurance from the Thai Ministry of Health that the anti-AIDS therapy would have been issued to each child. It 'true that without a parent or guardian to take care of these children is difficult to have social & health care and medical research.