Community Program

Art AIDS Fund (AAF)

The Dutch writer and art collector Han Nefkens founded the ART AIDS foundation with the aim to increase the public awareness of the HIV/AIDS problem by using art as a mediator. ART AIDS has organized and coordinated many themed exhibitions worldwide and continues to pursue its mission. In Thailand, ART AIDS has set up a program together with HIV-NAT and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre with a special focus on HIV-infected children and their families. Regular Art Camps are organized, offering activities focused on art for the children and educational activities for their caregivers. By creating a safe environment for the families, they can share their experiences and find mutual support.

Born To Live Charity

The Born to Live program started in 2004, and is funded by the “Born to Live Charity Branch” in Australia by father Sean Smith from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Development Centre in Adelaide, Australia. The fund helps out HIV-infected children by paying for school, medication, laboratory tests, uniforms, books and many more.

Living & Loving Charity

The fund is raised in the United Kingdom. The Living and Loving trustees are Dr. Andrew Hill, Dr. Sabine Kinloch and Ms. Olivia Tulloch. This program was started in 2006 with a goal to provide an opportunity for children with HIV in Thailand to live a healthier life by subsidizing their living cost and supporting them with HIV medications and HIV care. Currently Living & Loving charity is helping over 150 HIV families from HIV-NAT and Khon Kaen University Hospital. & charity also has an emergency medical fund to provide life saving treatment that is not covered under the government health care program. In Khon Kaen, the Charity has a silk project that helps families of children with HIV improve their silk making skills. The charity helps them sell their silk products to ensure that they receive fair and good income for their products.

Community Advisory Board
HIV-NAT and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre have set up a Community Advisory Board. The aim of the board is to get input from the community to ensure the research done is relevant to and accepted by the community. The CAB meeting is held every month at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre. The members vary from representatives of affected population, community leaders, activists, relevant HIV organizations and academics.