us help little Anil to live
In response to numerous queries following our story ‘A lone
battle’ on the plight of baby Anil* who is HIV Positive, The
Sunday Times has decided to launch a fund for his welfare.
whose story we published in the PLUS of June 15 had been abandoned
by his mother soon after his birth at the Castle Street Hospital
for Women and later handed over to the Commissioner of Probation
and Child Care of the Western Province.
He was being
cared for in a state home, until repeated bouts of illness and growth
deficiency saw him being treated at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
On being tested he was found to be HIV Positive and needs medication
urgently to keep him alive.
unfortunately, does not provide anti-retroviral drugs to keep the
HIV virus under control and cases like Anil are in desperate need
of help. Now lying at the Mulleriyawa Infectious Diseases Hospital,
little Anil's fate is uncertain.
W.M. Ratnasiri says, "The state does not have special homes
to look after such a child. Nor does it have trained help in state
homes who can cope with a case like this. The government must seriously
give thought to putting in place such facilities."
help, not tomorrow or next week, but right now, so that he can be
given the life-saving drugs to keep the deadly HIV virus at bay.
Every donation will be acknowledged and the monies utilized for
his medical needs.
The funds will
be channelled through the Probation and Child Care authorities.
*Anil's name has been changed to protect his identity.