Shalom AIDS Project is based in New Delhi.
Vision: To enable people and families living with HIV, cancer, and other life-limiting illnesses live a good quality life with dignity and hope by providing compassionate and competent care for the whole person.
Shalom provides outpatient and inpatient care, home-based care and income generation for widows. EHA Canada contributes towards medical treatment. Click here to view the website.
Shalom Delhi seeks to provide compassionate care for people living with HIV and advanced cancer in Delhi. It has a multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers who are committed Christians and whose service is an expression of the gospel of Christ’s love. Shalom targets those persons in society who are economically vulnerable and marginalized, as they are the ones who find it hardest to access care. The approach to care is comprehensive, seeking to address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
The care provided by Shalom’s team stems out of a conviction that each person with HIV or cancer is made in the image of God and has immense value. Patients are first referred to Shalom’s health clinic for medical care, and if needed they are admitted for in-patient care in the 10 bed medical ward. The most vulnerable families are enrolled in Shalom’s Home Based Care program where staff visit homes on a regular basis to provide supportive care. There is a program that meets the needs of children and adolescents from these families, who are exposed to much trauma. A livelihood initiative teaches tailoring skills to women from HIV and cancer affected families and markets their products to make them financially secure. Much prayer accompanies the work that is done, borne out of a faith that it is God who brings Shalom and healing in the lives of those who have experienced much brokenness.
HIV infection is largely seen among those who are economically disadvantaged, and the illness pushes the family deeper into poverty. Often the diagnosis is made at an advanced stage of the illness, by which time it has had a severe toll on the patient. The social and psychological consequences of having HIV are numerous, including a loss of livelihood, strained or broken relationships, traumatized childhood, mental illness and a loss of hope. Added to this is the heavy burden brought on by stigma, which not only disintegrates the existing social support structure, but also instills a sense of shame and loss of self-worth that is heartbreaking. Most vulnerable are the widows and orphans, for whom having even enough to survive can be a daily struggle.
Shalom has requested $20,000 from EHA Canada
Specific Costs needed to help one individual:
- Average cost for one outpatient visit (consultation, medicines, lab tests) for a patient with HIV / cancer – $6
- In patient medical and nursing care in the hospital for one patient for one week – $200
- Dietary provision for one patient admitted in the hospital for one week – $15
Specific costs for other programs of Shalom
- Training of one woman to sew at Kiran - $200 for one month (this includes the training stipend that we pay the woman. It usually takes 6 months for a woman to learn how to sew).
- Home Based care - $20 per month per patient
- Average cost for one child to participate in the Adolescent program for a year – $150
- Average cost of one support group meeting – $120