Summary of contact information
|Name of the organization||National Federation of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (NFWLHA)|
|Address||Dhobighat, Lalitpur,Nepal PO BOX 9125|
|Contact person||Ms Mathura Kunwar, President|
The National Federation of Women Living with HIV & AIDS (NFWLHA) is a national network of organizations and individuals working for HIV infected and affected women and their children. NFWLHA, formerly the Women’s Network against HIV & AIDS (WONAHA), was established in 2006. We seek to build the capacity of our member organizations so that they are better able to empower women living with HIV and AIDS (WLHA). Currently, NFWLHA has thirty two (32) member organizations representing NEPAL’s five development regions.
Women are particularly vulnerable to HIV and AIDS in Nepal because of a lack of education, subordinate social status, and difficulty negotiating condom use. All too often infected women unknowingly transmit the virus to their babies in utero. HIV and AIDS infected and affected families are also victims of stigmatization and discrimination and often violence. Consequently, many women living with HIV and AIDS (WLHA) hide their health status and fail to access timely health services. Because they feel vulnerable to community opinion, their health status and/or that of their infected family members deteriorate.
NFWLHA is an organization of and for these women. We are uniting and organizing local groups to educate and sensitize communities about HIV/AIDS; building awareness about precautions to take to avoid becoming infected; and advocating for a just society where infected and affected women and their children live without fear of stigmatization and discrimination.