Asha

Improving Health and Nutrition of Indian Women with AIDS and their Children

Improving Health and Nutrition of Indian Women with AIDS and their Children
Project Summary:

The overall goal of this project is to enhance the physical and mental health of rural Indian women living with AIDS and their children. We achieve these goals through the use of trained village women as Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) to enhance the health of women and children through improved ART adherence, CD4 levels, and physical and mental health. Specific objectives include: we plan to assess the effects of nutrition training and/or food supplements on primary outcomes for rural women living with AIDS in improving body composition and immune status (CD4 levels) as assessed at 6-, 12- and 18-month follow-up. Examining the effects of the program arms and their interaction on adherence to ART, psychological health, nutritional adequacy, and lipid profile over time.