• Social Innovation Fellowship

Award Year 

AIDS Relief International

AIDS Relief International is a non-profit organization that aims to increase accessibility to AIDS treatment and prevention programs, particularly among low income families in the developing world.

Our organization 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 ofthese children are also chronically malnourished.  There is significant evidence that ART is most effective in well-nourished populations. The project will combine family nutritional and financial education with food supplementation.  


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

Looking to learn more about the ground realities of living with AIDS in Mumbai, Itraveled to India in the summer of 2009 to work alongside the director of the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS). I spent time with the doctors and patients of governmental hospitals, visited the red-light districts, and talked with families living in slums. The majority of people with whom I spoke cited the same major gap in the government's AIDS relief effort.

Clinics receive money from the Global Fund,the Gates Foundation, and foreign governments to provide treatment for the individuals living with HIV who have reached a critical illness level; however,this provision of antiretroviral treatment (ART) is rendered ineffective for any patient who is simultaneously suffering from malnutrition. Unfortunately,most children that qualify for free or subsidized treatment receive aid due to their low socio-economic status, which means that a majority of children who are receiving the ART to suppress the HIV virus are not benefiting from it because they are malnourished. Through AIDS Relief International, I hope to have a lasting impact on children living with HIV/AIDS in Mumbai and around the world.