Resourcesare a supply or stock of materials, money and other assets that areusually meant to function effectively when drawn on by anorganization or a person. It also implies a strategy or activity thatis put in place during circumstances that are adverse. Manyorganizations and well-wishers have come out to support those livingwith HIV/AIDS. In many different ways, resources are allocated tothese people to ensure that they live healthy for longer and areproductive enough in the society. This is because the illness hasbecome a pandemic affecting a very large population in the wholeworld.
Resourcelocation for those HIV/AIDS patients
Nowadaysindividuals make a go of the illness without much support from thecommunity. It is not easy to tell a person who is HIV positive. It isonly the family that bears the burden. Children and partners areforced to cope with the pain while watching the suffering of a lovedone. Research shows that once a person falls seriously ill, thefamily spends about one-year nursing them before they die. Loss of abreadwinner leads to increased poverty levels (Zaric, 2013).
Thereare community-based programs that have been developed in African andSouth American countries that provide services meant to deliversupport and care for people living with HIV and AIDS. Some key thingsthat can be done include:
Counsellingand emotional support
Providingcounselling and supporting people living with HIV and AIDSemotionally is very helpful in improving their mental wellbeing aswell as their overall wellness. It eases feelings of depression andeven suicide among patients and the family at large. Counsellinggives patients hope and makes them able to face stigma and feelappreciated in the society. The family members also require to becounseled to gain strength and the willingness to care for thepatient. Support from family is very important.
Inmost countries counselling is done free of charge for every clinicvisit. It is a service that is eligible for all patients living withHIV and AIDS. Counselling is done at hospitals and health facilitiesby professional counsellors. It is offered at a fee in privatehospitals and to those whose social status allows special care. Whereemotional care is concerned, it all comes from family and theimmediate community in general.
Organizinggrants, parcels of food and projects to alleviate their conditions
Thereare very many people who are HIV positive who live in extremepoverty. In poverty, one cannot live long enough due to poornutrition, poor sanitation and emotional instability caused byworrying too much. By offering to organize ways in which indigentHIV/ AIDS patients can have access to good food, clothing and othergrants adds days to their lives. Good nutrition ensures their bodiesresist the illness for longer. Projects that help those sufferingfrom HIV and AIDS include providing for them home based care andmedical treatment in-case of any opportunistic diseases.
Organizationshave developed to offer free material support for the infected. Theydeliver parcels of food, money and even clothing to the patients.This is done for free, and those eligible for this service arepatients living in poverty who are not able to fend for themselves.The government also does a lot to support patients who come fromareas that face adverse environmental conditions such as famine andfloods. The mode of transport could be by air, road or water.
Offeringfree antiretroviral therapy
Itis recommended that all individuals who are infected with HIV/AIDStake up the antiretroviral therapy because it reduces the risk of thedisease progressing. ART is also important in preventing thetransmission of the infection. The transmission could be from parentto child, transmission by heterosexuals and other groups. Patientsshould show commitment to treatment and are supposed to understandvery well what the benefits of the therapy are, and the risks. Freetherapy services are being delivered in most countries across allcontinents to ensure that everyone has access to medication withoutincurring any expenses (Zaric, 2013). This favors most miserablepeople making them have a stronger immune system.
Thisparticular service is eligible for all AIDS patients withoutconsidering social status. It is a free service unless otherwise, andthe mode of application is basically within health facilities. ARVsare delivered to patients who are bedridden and receiving home-basedcare by order or family members can pick them.
Integratingresources into a care plan
Acare plan is an agreement one makes with their health professional toreceive help in health management. It is either written or recordedin the notes of the patient. These resources can be integrated intomy care plan by setting specific days for a patient to visit toensure consistent assessment of how they take their medication, howthey respond to it and to educate them more about the illness (Zaric,2013). Delivering grants can be done monthly or weekly to needypatients to make their life more comfortable.
Advantagesand disadvantages for vulnerable populations in seeking theseresources
Seekingthese resources is an advantage to those who are HIV positive becauseit makes their lives better and natural. The process of looking forthese resources can be a challenge especially to those who live invillages far away from health facilities or in areas that arestricken by poverty. Transport is a problem and for them since inmany cases, no one is ever aware of their existence. They live bygrace and hence early deaths.
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