Health Care for 50 HIV positive children in Zambia

 
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Happy Mother's Day! This Mother’s day give a gift of a healthy child to a mom in Zambia. With your generous support, we have been able to continue to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. At this time we have 200 HIV positive children in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. Each of these children receives food, medicines and a package of life-saving health care services. The package of health care services includes weekly health check-ups from community health workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psycho-social counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, caregivers receive training in caring for an HIV positive child. This program impacts 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1200 children indirectly as the family members share their knowledge, and encourage others in the community to go in for VCT to prevent the spread of HIV.  

News From the field: All our children are in stable health (as measured by stable/increase in weight/CD4 counts). The provision of a high protein soya supplement has significantly reduced malnourishment in children and has helped them get back to a normal weight. In addition, children on ARV medication are adhering well to their medication regimen. Finally in 2013, all five children born to moms in our Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) were HIV free. This is remarkable as the new born babies have HIV+ mothers and siblings. In fact of the 28 children born to date, only one child is HIV positive. Kudos to you - we could not have done this without your support.

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to care for these children and families in 2014. Please donate generously so that we can continue to achieve our goal of 100% HIV free births, and the children can continue to stay healthy and in school. As always, 100% of your donations go towards programs and no part is used for overheads.

Thanks.   

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With your support and encouragement we ended 2013 with a lot to celebrate. Five beautiful babies were born in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia! We are truly ecstatic as every one of these babies was born without HIV, despite the HIV-positive status of each of their mothers and siblings. Our success was a direct result of our PMTCT program (Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission) which is a part of our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia . We are committed to ensuring that the success of this program continues into 2014 and beyond .

We are also pleased to report that all 200 HIV positive children under our care are in stable health (as measured by stable/increase in weight/CD4 counts). Each of these children receives food, medicines and a package of life-saving health care services. The package of health care services includes weekly health check-ups from community health workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psycho-social counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, caregivers are provided training in caring for an HIV-positive child. 

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to care for and support these children in 2014. Please donate generously as every little bit counts and helps these children stay healthy and in school. As always, 100% of your donations go towards programs and no part is used for overheads.

Thanks again.

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Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The vision behind this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care services to HIV positive children, and training in caring for an HIV+ child to their caregivers. In addition, the children receive weekly visits from the healthcare worker, psycho social counseling, education on prevention of HIV, and adherence training and monitoring of the medication regimen. As a result of this high quality continuous care, 99% of the children are stable and/or improving in health since January 2013. In addition, the improved health of the children has increased their school attendance and performance.  

We would like you to meet two children in our program who are doing well at school and have big dreams for their future.

Taonga is 16 years old and is studying in grade 7. She wants to take courses in Nursing after she graduates out of high school. Taonga is happy that her aunt who cares for her is receiving mealie meal (a Zambian staple) and beans from our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. In addition, Taonga receives weekly visits from a health care worker, psycho social counseling, monitoring and training in adherence to medication, and education in prevention of HIV. We are proud of Taonga as she takes her ARV medications on her own and is working hard at school to become a Nurse.

Mabvuto is 15 years old and lives with his mom and Uncle. He is studying in grade 6, and loves playing soccer. He and his friends have formed a soccer team and they play games with other soccer teams in the neighborhood on Saturdays and on Sundays after Church. Mabvuto is aware of his HIV positive status and has discussed this with his friends and family. He takes his medications every evening at 8 p.m. and goes to the clinic for his appointments on his own. He told us that he learnt about HIV/AIDS  in school. Mabvuto loves school and wants to become a doctor.

Our program impacts 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1200 children indirectly as the family members share their knowledge of caring for an HIV+ child with others in the community. The children would like to thank you for your continued support for this program. Your support and donations will provide much needed food, medicines, and health care services to several hundred children in the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia, and help them stay healthy and in school. We could not have done this without you.

Thanks again for your love and support for these children. Have a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful and joyous new year. 

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Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. We would like to say a big “Thank You” for supporting this program. Your donation has given the gift of a close to normal life to HIV positive children in Zambia. Please take a moment and treat yourself to this short video which was taken during our last field visit. The children had a lot of fun making origami birds and playing with them. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we do. 

                    THANK YOU

Happy Holidays from the Power of Love Team

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Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The vision behind this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to HIV positive children, and training in caring for an HIV positive child to their caregivers.

Our Philosophy behind the pediatric HIV/AIDS care Program: We believe that our model of care with its philosophy of “everyone a caregiver” provides the best model of care for an HIV positive child for several reasons. First, we believe that the home environment is best for a child's normal development. Second, many of the health care services needed by a HIV positive child can be provided at home by a trained family member supported by a trained health care assistant/ nurse at a much lower cost than in an institution. Third, there are not enough resources to build institutions for all HIV positive children. Finally, training family members in caring for an HIV positive child, leads to a better understanding and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the community. The ripple effect of this approach is huge and long lasting for the community.

In addition, we strongly believe that in a resource constrained environment, our services should be complementary and not competitive to those provided by the government clinics, with the common goal of improving the quality of life and health of children in the community. As a result, we work closely with the government clinics in Zambia to maximize the impact of each dollar of funds.

Update from the Field: Our Project Nurse sent us an update on the health of all 200 children in our program. For an HIV positive child, we can use 3-4 indicators of an improvement in health. These are weight, CD4 count, and opportunistic infections. Out of a total of 200 children, only three children lost weight or had lower CD4 counts - the remaining children either maintained their weight/CD4 count or increased their weight/CD4 counts. Second, there was a decline in the frequency of opportunistic infections in Sept 2013, as compared to Jan 2013. Third, as a result of the provision of soya supplement to about 100 malnourished children, none of the children were malnourished in Sept 2013. Finally, all children (except one) on ARV’s are adhering well to their medications.

To sum, the health of all children (except 3) has been stable or improving since Jan 2013. The improved health of the children has also increased their school attendance and performance.  

Our program impacts 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1200 children indirectly as the family members share their knowledge of caring for an HIV positive child with others in the community. The children would like to thank you for your continued support for this program. Your support and donations will provide much needed food, medicines, and health care services to several hundred children in the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia, and help them stay healthy and in school. We could not have done this without you.

Thanks and have a wonderful day. 

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Alka Subramanian

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San Diego, CA Zambia

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