NAGPUR is famously known as Maharashtra’s second capital after Mumbai. Like all cities in India’s second largest state, it faces the challenge of preventing the spread of the HIV virus. A huge migrant population and a well-established sex industry are the primary reasons for Maharashtra’s high HIV prevalence. 30-year-old Yogita and her 7-year-old daughter Gauri (pictured), are both HIV positive. Although Yogita’s husband died seven years earlier, she was unaware that the cause of his death was due to AIDS. Mother and child were recently diagnosed with HIV, after suffering from repeated bouts of ill health. Women In Need provides symptomatic treatment, food and financial assistance, and will continue to do so until Yogita’s health improves. The charity will help her to find work or provide training, so that she can become financially independent.
Fighting HIV and Ignorance