Power of Love Foundation

Our Mission is: To turn back the tide of the global AIDS epidemic through innovative community responses that increase the effectiveness of prevention and care efforts. Our Vision is: A world where the AIDS epidemic is in continuous retreat, and people living with HIV/AIDS have access to loving care and treatment in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
Aug 23, 2011

Update on Power of Love's Micro-Loan Program

Ephram Mwanza
Ephram Mwanza

Power of Love’s micro loans program helps women impacted by HIV/AIDS take the first steps towards breaking the cycle of poverty, acquiring a marketable skill and becoming self-reliant. We would like to sincerely thank the Mary D. Fisher Fund and other donors who continue to support this program. It is with your support that we are able to continue providing micro loans, business training, and monitor and provide business expertise to all loan beneficiaries to ensure the success of their businesses.

In 2010, Power of Love provided 115 new loans and business training to women impacted by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. In 2011, we have continued to provide business consultation, monitor businesses, and discuss loan related issues with the women in meetings held every week. In addition, our goal is to provide 50 new loans and business training to women in the next three months. The majority the community in the Matero compound in Lusaka is impoverished (most individuals are unemployed and have little education) and lives on less than $1 per day. The current micro loans program has been hugely successful in improving the quality of lives of the people in the community. These microloans have had a direct impact on the recipient’s lives: the women are earning money regularly and bringing that back to their families, the nutrition and diet of the children and their mothers has improved, almost all of the children are subsequently healthy and therefore back in school, women have come forward to be tested for HIV, and loan recipients have set a new standard as role models in their community.. This program has benefited more than 390 women directly and 3,000 people indirectly (on average POL’s loan recipients provide care for four children and three elderly people at home). In addition, since our micro loans program complements our pediatric AIDS care program we are seeing a positive and sustainable long term impact in the community. Given below is a profile of a family that has benefited from Power of Love’s micro loans program.

Picture below is Ephram. Ephram is 7 years old and lives with his grandmother. Ephram’s grandmother was provided business training and a small loan by POL to start a business. The business run by Ephram’s grandmother is doing well and as a result, the diet and nutrition of the family has improved.

Ephram’s parents are HIV positive. His father divorced his mom as she is epileptic. Ephram enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric AIDS program in 2005, as he was suffering from TB. He tested positive for HIV, and began ARV medication. Ephram receives nutritional and medical support from the Power of Love Foundation. He was also provided with school shoes and uniform. Ephram is studying in grade 1 at a school in Chunga. His adherence to medication is good and as a result his health is stable.

Aug 23, 2011

Update on Power of Love's Health Care for Children

Billiat Phiri
Billiat Phiri

The Power of Love team would like to thank donors for supporting Power of Love Foundations’ pediatric AIDS care program (Arms Reach Care program) in Zambia. With your support we have been able to provide food, medicines, and essential life-saving health services to 148 HIV positive children in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. The package of services provided to children includes weekly health check-ups from Community Health workers, monthly visits from the Project Nurse, psychosocial counseling, and education in HIV prevention and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, we provide ongoing training in HIV/AIDS care to caregivers (most of them are grandmothers) of the children.

Given below is a picture of Billiat, just one of the many children who are enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric AIDS care program in Zambia.

Billiat Phiri is four years old and lost both his parents in the past two years. He is living with this grandfather who is taking care of 11 other orphans. There is a shortage of food in his house as his grandfather sells vegetables for a living which does not bring in enough money for the whole family. Billiat enrolled in Power of Love’s program in 2008, and tested positive for HIV. Prior to enrollment in POL’s program, he suffered from chronic diarrhea and cough. At this time Billiat is responding well to treatment, his health is stable and he will start school next year.

May 23, 2011

Project Mosquito Nets - Post distribution Survey Findings for nets distribution in September 2010

Post–Distribution Report

 For Nets Distribution in Rural Zambia in September 2010

Introduction

In September 2010, as a result of a grant received from the Against Malaria Foundation (www.againstmalaria.org) , the Power of Love Foundation provided 1300 long lasting insecticide treated nets to people vulnerable to Malaria in Kapri-Mposhi (a rural area) in Zambia. Kapiri Mposhi is a small town in Zambia, located about 185 kms north of the capital city of Lusaka. Mosquito nets were distributed to people living in the Ndeke compound in Kapiri-Mposhi, and this compound has a population of 9360 people and 2722 households. The reason Ndeke compound was chosen was because its population is at high risk and vulnerable to Malaria, and too poor to afford bed nets. In addition, the government has been unable to provide free nets to the people here. Lastly, a high prevalence of HIV makes the population at a higher risk for malaria as their immune system is compromised. At the distribution in September 2010, 1300 people in the Ndeke compound in Kapiri-Mposhi were provided with nets and the number of direct beneficiaries was 2600 (as 1 net has 2 sleeping spaces). Distribution of nets took place between on September 10, 11 and 12, 2010 to comfortably accommodate all 1300 direct beneficiaries. At the event, beneficiaries were provided with a demonstration on the proper treatment, use and set up and maintenance of the mosquito nets and educated on malaria prevention.

Post Distribution Survey

A post-distribution survey was conducted in November/December 2010 to assess the impact of the nets distribution in September 2010. A copy of the questionnaire used is given in Annex 1. Staff from a local NGO in Kapiri-Mposhi interviewed 150 beneficiaries and the findings are as follows: 

  • Most people who received the mosquito nets are using the nets effectively. They have continued to use, and maintain the mosquito nets as they were instructed on the distribution day event. Those who were not able to maintain the nets went back to the local Clinic for assistance.
  • In most cases, it was discovered that more than 2 people were sleeping under one net. In some cases it was observed that 4 to 5 people are sleeping under the net.
  • Parents and guardians of children ensured that children were sleeping under the nets.
  • For the 150 beneficiaries that were interviewed, it was observed that a total of 484 people sleep inside the mosquito nets. This shows that on average more than 3 people are sleeping inside one net.
  • Regarding Malaria cases at the government clinic: It was observed that the number of cases of malaria decreased from 543 cases in the months of July/August to 232 cases in the month of November which is the beginning of the peak season of malaria in Zambia. 
  • Most of the people interviewed said that they are looking forward to another distribution so that the number of people sleeping in one net could be reduced.
  • It was observed by the clinic staff that it was important to continue to educate people on the importance of prevention of malaria by keeping their houses clean and using clean water to drink. It is a good idea to hold malaria prevention and education camps regularly to reduce the number of malaria cases in the community.

Based on the above observations we can conclude that the nets are being used effectively by the beneficiaries and that it is possible to reduce the incidence of malaria in Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia.

Learnings from this study

Some of the learnings of this study were:

  • To better understand the impact of the distribution of mosquito nets, we would have liked to interview at least 25% of the beneficiaries. However, we did not have enough funds and staff to interview 325 people. At this time we are working with the government clinic, to help us collect information after the next distribution of nets
  • In this study we gathered information from beneficiaries only. After the next distribution, we would like to include community members (who were not direct beneficiaries) to find out their impressions about our program.

Conclusion

We are thankful to Against Malaria Foundation for partnering with us so that we could make this distribution event happen. The distribution of 1300 nets to 2600 people will go a long way in reducing the incidence of Malaria in Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia. We hope to make this an annual event so that we can continue to educate people on malaria prevention and distribute nets.  This should lead to the desired impact of eradicating malaria from this area. 

Annex 1 -Post- Distribution Survey Questionnaire

A. Questions for the beneficiaries (after being asked to show the net received):

  1. Do you feel comfortable sleeping inside the mosquito net? 
  2. From the time you were given the mosquito net, have you suffered from malaria?
  3. Has your child suffered from Malaria from the time you received the nets?
  4. At what time in the evening do you spread the Mosquito nets?
  5. Who ensures that the child sleeps inside the mosquito net? 
  6. Personal observations/Comments

B. Questions for the Clinic

  1. Since last September what has been the number Malaria Cases reported from Ndeke Compound in Kapiri-Mposhi?.
  2. What is the age group of people coming to you because they are infected by malaria?
  3. What are your recommendations?
  4. Personal observations/Comments

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