Welcome to DESIRE Society
DESIRE Society is a non-profit voluntary organization registered in year 2005 under Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001 (Act no 35 or, 2001) in Hyderabad. The organization is functioning with an objective of health development and well-being of children infected and affected with HIV and AIDS in India by having presence in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Vizag. The main focus of the organization is to provide institutional care homes for the children abandoned and orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
HIV/ AIDS : The Problem in India
The HIV/AIDS pandemic is into its third decade. Over 5 million people in India are currently infected with HIV. This accounts for nearly 10% of the global HIV burden and the highest in the World after South Africa. According to UNAIDS, every 7 out of 1000 adults in India are HIV positive. According to Health Ministry of India, they are about 70,000 children under 15 years age are infected with HIV in India nearly 21000 new infections occurring every year.
Summary of Summer Camp 2013 - Hyderabad
First, let me extend my sincere gratitude to all our donors, volunteers, staff and friends of DESIRE Society who helped us to make this event a grand successful. The 5th consecutive summer camp 2013 was focal point of yearly event held up in DESIRE Society Care Home, I.D.A. Bolaram (Miyapur – Hyderabad). The attendance was about 160 children and 70 adults accompanied during event [ 4th to 7th May]. The inaugural session marked presence of Mrs.Suvarna, Rural Development Commissioner giving token of sponsorship on behalf of IWMP and stressing need to improve upon health status of rural HIV children in AP.
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Swathi Case Study
A re-born girl- Swathi is 3 year old and is infected with HIV virus during her birth. Her father died of AIDS and mother was on bed with AIDS condition. Swathi was literally 3 kgs of weight, mother lost hope on this baby. After admitted in DESIRE she is been treated her opportunistic infections, provided ARV (Antiretroviral) treatment and nutrition timely. Surprisingly, within 6 months baby gained weight up to 12 kgs from 3 kgs. Now she is playing with her fellow in-mates happily, after all, Swathi is “smiling with full of heart like………….. just born baby.”
Master Paulraj, 12yrs and weight 14kgs was given admission at DESIE Institutional Care Home (ICH) in Nov, 2012. The boy lost both the parents due to AIDS and unfortunately he is also suffering with HIV. He was literally underweight and had opportunistic infections (OIs) because of low immunity.
Prior to DESIRE, Paulraj has never been to school and used to pick his food from streets as his uncle's family is reluctant to support this boy. At DESIRE he was enrolled for education. DESIRE Society took special care for his psychological and physical needs and helped him by providing medical treatment and special nutrition.
Now, the boy has gained weight up to 22kgs with a stable health. He is able to attend school regularly and playing with inmates actively. We at DESIRE Society is committed to provide our best to save this boy and giving a hope of future with a quality and dignity.