South Kazakhstani businessmen take HIV-infected children under guardianship

Kazakhstan Materials 28 December 2006 12:29 (UTC +04:00)

(gazeta.kz) - In South Kazakhstan region local businessmen took HIV-infected children under guardianship.

"South Kazakhstani businessmen take HIV-infected children under guardianship," - Tursunbek Asanbayev, chairman of the local branch of the National Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers of RK "Atameken", said at a meeting of the branch last week. According to him, the businessmen will be providing aid to 73 Families with the HIV-infected children. "There is a proposition that each businessman accepts one child into his collective, make him a member of the collective, and pay him a minimum monthly salary," - he said.

Members of the coordinating council of the "Protection of Children from AIDS" fund who were present at the meeting got acquainted with the list of businessmen and their areas in order to select structures that would participate in providing aid to the HIV-infected children. In the end of the meeting the fund chairman Sagdad Masaurov and Mr. Asanbayev signed a memorandum on co-operation, reports Trend.

Presently 84 HIV cases have been identified among the children in this region and 11 cases among mothers. Eight of them died, one was adopted and taken to the USA, families of the other two are beyond the region.