• Social Innovation Fellowship

Award Year 

AIDS Relief International

AIDS Relief International aims to increase the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in HIV-infected children in Mumbai, India by providing inexpensive nutritional support and counseling. Thousands of children in Mumbai are receiving daily ART and most of these children are also chronically malnourished.  There is significant evidence that ART is most effective in well-nourished populations. This project will combine family nutritional and financial education with food supplementation utilizing a pre- established network of contacts with HIV-AIDS health care providers. 


Fortifying kids to battle AIDS
Today at Brown, April 7, 2010 

Special diet for HIV+ kids from June
Hindustan Times, April 1, 2010

On cards, nutritional support project for HIV-infected kids in city hospital
Indian Express, May 31, 2009 

US students on mission to fight AIDS
Times of India, April 1, 2010

Teens from US unite to fight AIDS in India
Indian Express, June 1, 2009

Personal Statement

During my second year at sophomore at Brown University, I was permitted to join AIDS in International Perspective, a seminar created for juniors and seniors with a background interest in the global affects of HIV/AIDS.   The intensity of the class combined with the energy of my peers pushed me even farther into the international scene of HIV/AIDS, how it affected a country both socially and economically, and how governmental and non-governmental strategies were being used to decrease the transmission of HIV and decrease the number HIV infected people from having full blown AIDS.  Following AIDS in International Perspective, I took International Health in Anthropological Perspective, a class that focused on the broader spectrum of international health, but most importantly examined gaps in both internationally and nationally provided aid.   

In early May of last year, Gaurie Tilak approached a group of sophomores with the idea of AIDS Relief International. We met and discussed the problem of malnutrition and its affects on the efficacy of ART, and hoped that despite our age, we could do something to improve the situation.  There are countless problems worldwide that will take years and the cooperation of millions of people to be solved. I believe, however, that AIDS Relief International has a rare opportunity to have a large affect on children living with HIV/AIDS in Mumbai.