For 1000 THB (~$32) a month, FED can rent and furnish a space near the hospital to house patients and their children/family during their hospital visits.
Being HIV positive means facing obstacles. No matter where you are, you must constantly monitor your CD4 cell count, stick to your antiretroviral regime, and face stigma and discrimination. Being a Burmese migrant in Thai comes with even more obstacles. The language is different, their legal status is ever-changing, and they often work in remote palm/rubber plantations or at sea on fishing boats.
Of 1370 patients supported by FED translation services last year, 270 of those were people living with HIV/AIDS (PHA). Currently we support PHA at the hospital, but we cannot do enough for them outside the hospital. Many patients can not make the journey to the hospital due to the monetary cost and the travel times involved.
FED needs your support to give these patients a place to stay. We plan to pilot a program housing PHA overnight near the hospital. Every extra cost and difficult interaction lowers the number of people who will seek treatment. Allowing patients and their families to stay at the facility will be lower than the cost of checking into the hospital or staying at a hotel.
Patients will still have to get themselves to the hospital and, initially, provide their own food. FED will assess the program over 6 months and decide whether expansion is necessary and possible.