Kochi Corporation's 'Karuna' for HIV Affected - The New Indian Express

Kochi Corporation's 'Karuna' for HIV Affected

Published: 02nd December 2013 12:14 PM

Last Updated: 02nd December 2013 12:15 PM

The Kochi Corporation will launch a special rehabilitation package  for HIV-affected persons under its limit on December 5. Titled ‘Karuna’, the major aim of the project is to support the persons who are affected with HIV and AIDS by encouraging them to come  to the forefront and get trained in skilled labour. The programme is being launched by the Corporation in association with the Centre for Advanced Projects and Solutions (CAPS), an NGO working for AIDS awareness.

The project will be launched using funds under the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP). Under the project, special training will be given to to the HIV-affected in a set of skills that will help them find a livelihood.

“We actually planned to launch the programme on December 1, in connection with the World Aids Say. However, some unexpected delays have forced us to change the plan. Now the programme will be launched on Thursday,” said Kochi corporation health standing committee chairman T K Ashraf. The rehabilitation package for the HIV affected also include an awareness  programme, training in various skills, including driving, and supply of medicines to them. A total of `6 lakh will be utilised in the first phase of the project.

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