Pediatric AIDS Treatment Support

Promoting healthy childhoods through community partnerships
Dec 25, 2010

Matching gift fund, interview with Eliza, and an update from Fuyang

DianDian
DianDian

Through a generous matching gift fund from board member Chris Flowers, donations made to PATS by December 31, 2010 will be doubled, multiplying the impact of your gift.  If you've been meaning to give or have a gift card to use, make sure you take advantage of this opportunity!

We also have some more updates to announce:

  • PATS assistant director Cherry Wan is currently in China administering a training session for our team of community health workers and checking in on each of the children in our program.  See a report from her visit so far below.
  • On December 3 and 4, PATS volunteers sang carols and greeted passersby in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA in front of the world's largest wallet.  Watch the interview with PATS director Eliza Petrow here!
  • The most popular way for donors to engage with the PATS kids and learn about their circumstances and challenges is our Sponsor a Child program.  With your commitment to sponsor a child for one year, PATS can ensure
    • Regular health checks by community health workers
    • Adherence to drug treatment regimes
    • Access and transportation to physicians if problems arise
    • Nutritional supplements, critical for treatment effectiveness
    It costs roughly $880 to provide for the needs of one child each year.  Sponsors receive photos and updates twice a year, and have the chance to send gifts and supplies during our regular support visits.  Please click on the link above to sponsor a child.

Field report from Cherry:

The first photo above is DianDian (the girl in orange) from Lixin. She is one of the nine new kids enrolled this past summer, and her health and CD4 have already markedly improved since she joined the program. Her house is also much much cleaner now. With the daily pill chart, she and her mom both now have perfect treatment adherence. The teddy bear she is holding is from her sponsor.

The second picture is YuJuan (the girl in purple), also from Lixin. For some reason, she was super happy when we visited. She was really happy with the gifts from her sponsors. Her grandpa is in charge of her medication and is now paying a lot more attention since getting support and education from community health workers.

The children in the last photo are siblings ZiHao (boy) and Yue (girl). They both live in the WenChangGe group home in Fuyang with three other HIV-positive orphans. They are really lucky to have each other's company and are very playful!

YuJuan
YuJuan
ZiHao (boy) and Yue (girl)
ZiHao (boy) and Yue (girl)

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Dec 8, 2010

PATS presented at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna

Nov 4 fundraiser
Nov 4 fundraiser

PATS staff and volunteers have been quite busy in the last few months.  For full details on our activities, check out our new, more interactive website. Here are a few highlights

  • PATS and our sister NGO, AOS, presented at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, and you can downoad posters with details on the treatment program here. 
  • We hosted a fundraiser in Cambridge, MA on November 4
  • December 3-4, we carolled in front of the world's largest wallet in Harvard Square.
  • PATS has also been featured in both Chinese and English Press, with articles in World Journal (世界日报) and China Beat.

Earlier this fall, board member Jialan Wang pledged a $5000 matching gift fund, with an additional $1000 if that goal was met.  We're happy to announce that we have achieved that goal, which represents about three months' worth of treatment support for our 45 PATS Kids.  Fellow board member Chris Flowers has pledged an additional $5000 in matching funds, so all donations made before the end of the year will be doubled.

Happy Holidays from PATS!

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Sep 27, 2010

A Visit to the Wen Xiang Ge Group Home

Rosemary Wilson at the Wen Xiang Ge Group Home
Rosemary Wilson at the Wen Xiang Ge Group Home

[Volunteer Rosemary Wilson kept a journal of her experiences during this summer’s annual program visit. This excerpt describes her visit to Wen Xiang Ge Group Home where several PATS children live together and receive care.]

We were shown down the hall where neat piles of school exercise books were piled on tables. Each child’s work was also very neat; even tiny, five-year-old Zhen Zhen, with her yellow dress and sticking up pigtails, had written her letters and numbers perfectly in her book.

Zhen Zhen’s HIV-positive birth parents abandoned her in a park when she was about 2, leaving a note asking someone to take care of her. She was taken in by a family, but then they learned she was HIV-positive they took her to Anhui and left her there. During our visit, she earnestly told PATS advisor Mr. Wang that she knew her best chance to survive was living at Wen Xiang Ge Home.

This group home model is currently being evaluated to compare its efficacy to that of other models for care. Staff members were working on a poster to present at the upcoming AIDS conference in Vienna. Charts showed CD4 counts and viral loads of these children compared to those in care in private homes, as well as the difference in overhead costs.

This report is an excerpt from our latest newsletter. Please click below to read more. http://leviwood.com/patstest/sites/default/files/October2010.pdf

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