Health Care for 50 HIV positive children in Zambia

 
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Apr 18, 2012

A New Innovative Tool - "Safe Parks" Launched In 2011

 

The Power of Love team is excited to share with you a new and innovative project that we have been working on for the last few months. In 2011, we added a new element called "Safe Parks" to our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. "Safe Parks" was introduced to address the emotional, mental, and spiritual health challenges faced by children living in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. This innovative tool provides an opportunity for safe play and
facilitates psycho-social support, activities, discussions, and learning. The program is open to all children in the community, and benefits a child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. As of last July our staff
has been playing games with children and assisting them with school work for about 2-3 hours on Saturday afternoons. Initially, 30 children joined the program, but the number has increased to 75 children and some of them are accompanied by their families. We are thrilled to see the number of children grow each week and also the increased involvement of the families of the children.  

As a result of “Safe Parks” our project Nurse has been able to: (i) observe the children’s behavior or as they play and understand the child’s home/school environment (e.g. stress, trauma, apathy, sexual or abuse), and intellectual
capabilities, (ii) use games and activities to identify psycho-social needs of the children through
behavior assessment and provide support and follow-ups, (iii) strengthen child/adult relations and develop
trust, (iv) counsel the caregiver of the child so as to stimulate the mental and physical development of the child. In addition, this program keeps children off the streets (where they can be abused or get into trouble) for a few hours on weekends and has led to an improvement in performance at school as help with homework is provided and games keep children happy. This program is supported by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS care Foundation which provided training for our staff and tools (balls, swing sets, pencils, chairs for children, coloring books,
and water colors) for the children. 

This new addition to our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program is making a positive impact on the mental and physical well being of the children, helping them learn and stay in school and in helping them to live close to normal lives.

We appreciate your support for this project and request your continued support. Each little bit helps.

Thanks.

Jan 30, 2012

Update on Power of Love's Project "Health Care for HIV Positive Children in Zambia"

Update on Power of Love's Project "Health Care for HIV Positive Children in Zambia"

We kicked off the New Year with a special present for one of the children in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. Gift, a delicate and sweet six-year old, is HIV positive and has Cerebral Palsy. We were able to provide Gift with a custom-built chair that will allow her to be more mobile. Gift is largely unresponsive and requires continuous care, which Power of Love has been able to provide in the form of nutritional and medical support. Now, with her custom-built chair and standing frame, she will be more comfortable and independent. Gift has been a joy to have in the program, and her mother and POL family care for her deeply. We sincerely hope this addition to their home will allow her to develop and overcome some of the limitations of her condition. All of our work with HIV positive children is possible due to support from donors like you and we would like to thank you for enabling us to help children like Gift and the other 147 children in Power of Love Foundations’ pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia.

Achievements of Power of Love's Pediatric HIV/AIDS care Program in 2011

1. We introduced a weekly developmental program for children in the community and in our pediatric AIDS care program. In this program called “Say and Play” children engage in organized games. The goal of this program is for children to have fun, for the Project Nurse to assess their mental and physical growth, and to keep the children off the streets especially during weekends. As a part of this program children are provided with help with their homework ((follow ups are being done at school and in the children’s homes) and as a result most children have improved their school performance. Second, a few family members have started accompanying their children and this has strengthened relationships at home. Third, the local community is benefitting from this program as children from the community have started attending the weekly program. We would like to thank the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation for training our staff in “Say and Play” activities and donating equipment such as educational DVD’s, balls, paper, crayons, and chairs for children.  

2. We added 15 children to our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in January 2011. In 2011, all children (except 3) in this program improved in health (in terms of fewer opportunistic infection, weight gain, and improved CD4 counts). 

3. In our ante-natal program, out of the 12 babies born to date 11 tested negative for HIV.  

4. All school age children in our program are in school as we continue to provide funds for school expenses (tuition, books, shoes and uniforms) to caregivers of children who need this support. 

4. We continue to provide food, medicines, and a package of life-saving health care services to 148 HIV positive children in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. The package of services 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 to caregivers in HIV/AIDS care.

To sum, to date over 1100 children have benefitted directly or indirectly, from this program over the last 7 years.

Funding Requirements for 2012

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to:

1. Provide food, medicines, and a package life-saving health care services to all children in our program,

2. Train an additional 100 caregivers/grandmothers in HIV/AIDS care,

3. Ensure that all caregivers continue to be tested for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening, 4. Continue the HIV “testing and prevention” program for the caregivers of the children so that our model is comprehensive model (with prevention, treatment, care, and economic empowerment),

5. Continue to provide school expenses for children whose parents need this support, and

6. Continue the “Say and Play” developmental program for children in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program and in the community.

Please donate generously to this program so that we can improve the health of HIV positive children, the children can be back in school and learning, and live close to normal lives.

Thanks.

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Nov 6, 2011

Update on Power of Love's Project "Health Care for HIV Positive Children in Zambia"

Update on Power of Love’s Project “Health Care for HIV Positive Children in Zambia”

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 a package of 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.

Achievements of POL’s Pediatric AIDS care program in 2011

  1. We continue to provide food, medicines, and weekly health visits to all the children enrolled in POL’s pediatric AIDS care program in Lusaka, Zambia. The addition of a high protein soya supplement (particularly for very sick children), has accelerated their weight-gain process and the soya supplement is now a regular component of the food package. As a result, the diet and nutrition level of all families has improved leading to increased weight, fewer infections, and higher CD4 counts (leading to a delay in the start of antiretroviral (ARV) medication). We are proud to report that all children gained weight and showed an improvement in their CD4 count January to October 2011. Finally, improved nutrition and continuous medical care has led to a higher school attendance. 
  2. In January 2011, we added 18 children to the program to bring the total to 148 HIV positive children. All children have been tested and all are HIV positive. Out of the 147 (as we lost one child in 2011) HIV positive children, 93 are on ARV’s. Since 100% of the children are HIV positive, 63% are on ARV’s, less than 1/3rd of the children are cared for by both parents, and 2/3rds are orphans, there is a huge need to provide all children with food, medicines and weekly visits by the health care worker/Nurse and to provide continuous monitoring of the health and medication regimen of the children on ARV’s. 
  3. All children who are eligible for school are attending school. 
  4. All children who are on ARV’s are being monitored to ensure adherence to their medication regime. There are 69 children who are aware of their status and all of them are able to adhere to their medication schedule with minimal support from their care givers. Pill boxes are provided to older children to help them adhere to their medication regimen, and pediatric medicine spoons are provided to caregivers of younger children so that caregivers can give the exact dosage to the child. 
  5. All children are being provided with psychosocial counseling. Children in our program need counseling for the following reasons: a. they suffer from fear of loss as soon as a parent is diagnosed with HIV, b. they have to deal with the stigma associated with the disease, and c. if the child is orphaned she/he may have to leave familiar surroundings and may not be readily accepted by the extended family. As a result, counseling is an important part of the child’s mental health and counseling of children and family members has become an important part of our pediatric AIDS care program. 
  6. Older children who are aware of their status are also provided education on HIV prevention, and risky sexual behaviors. 
  7. All of our health care workers are trained in child counseling. In addition, they go through continuous practical and refresher training in care of HIV positive children.

 Impact of the Program

The pediatric AIDS care program has increased survival rates of children in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia and significantly improved the quality of life of their families. This program along with the micro loans and project mosquito nets program makes the entire program comprehensive as it takes care of physical (food, medicines, malaria bed nets, training provided to caregivers), social (education, cultural), and psychological (counselling, peer support groups) needs of the women and children. In addition, education on prevention of HIV and malaria, adherence to the ARV regimen and monitoring has reduced the number of children who might have developed resistance to drugs at an early age, leading to an increase in their life span. In addition to the direct beneficiaries of this program, 1100 children are indirect beneficiaries as their care givers have several children under their care and provide guidance to others in the community.

The different components of our program have made our program sustainable and we are seeing a long term systemic change in the community.  

Story of a Child who benefited from POL’s pediatric AIDS care program

Attached is a picture of Ephram who is 6 years old, but weighs only 37 lbs. Ephram is tiny, but is full of energy and is always in high spirits. Ephram loves dancing and dances to music played on his grandfather’s cell phone.

Ephram was put on ARV medication before his first birthday. POL’s project Nurse had to make a special request with the doctors to place him on ARV medication, as according to the current medical protocol children under 2 years are not given ARV medication (as you cannot determine their HIV status). It is unlikely that Ephram would have survived if he had not been put on ARV’s at that time. Fortunately, the doctors changed their minds and put him on ARV’s. After 5 years on ARV’s Ephram’s health is stable, and he is a dancing machine!

In fact, Ephram’s positive response to the medication convinced the clinic doctors to change their policy and provide medicine to other children under two years of age if necessary, rather than waiting for the child to hit a specific age mark and risking a decline in his/her health.

Plans for 2011/12

POL’s pediatric AIDS care program has matured and our focus through 2011/12 continues to be provision of food, medicines and continuous quality care to the 147 HIV positive children, and training in HIV/AIDS care to the caregivers of the children.

In 2012, we would like to expand our program to include 500 HIV positive children as there are around 3500-4000 children in the Matero compound (where our program is located) in Lusaka, Zambia alone who would benefit from a program such as ours.


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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

An Update on Power of Love's "Health Care for HIV Positive Children in Zambia' Project

Executive Summary

The Power of Love team would like to thank donors who supported "Healthcare for HIV Positive Children in Zambia". With support from donors such as you, we provide food, medicines, and essential life-saving health services to 150 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.

As of April 30, 2011 we continue to provide food, medicines, and weekly health visits to all 150 HIV positive children enrolled in POL’s program in Lusaka, Zambia. Power of Love’s pediatric AIDS care program benefits 150 children directly and benefits an additional 1100 children indirectly. As a result of the continuous quality care provided to the children, and training to their care givers, all children are stable in health and are living close to normal lives. Below are stories of  3 children enrolled in our pediatric AIDS care program in Zambia.

Davis Phiri: Davis, the second child in a family of two, is a single orphan who is being cared for by his grandmother. Davis’ grandmother, sells charcoal for a living, and provides care to 7 other children in her household. Davis was born in July 2008 and lost his mom in 2009. Davis was very sick last December when his grandmother brought him to Power of Love’s clinic and he was enrolled in our program. Davis’s grandmother received counseling and training on HIV/AIDS care for a HIV positive child. Davis started ARV’s in January 2011; he is now in stable health and his grandmother is optimistic despite his positive HIV status.

 

Vincent Phiri: Vincent is the youngest child in a family of six and lives with his mom. Although none of his siblings have been tested for HIV, his mom tested positive when she was pregnant with Vincent in 2008. Currently, Vincent’s mother is taking ARVs to improve her health. In order to feed the family, Vincent’s mother sells different types of vegetables. Vincent’s mom was informed about Power of Love’s program by her friend whose child is also enrolled in the program. Since then Vincent has been enrolled in the program, and his mother has been able to get all her children tested.

 

Tresh Chiyanka: Tresha is 18 months old and has been part of Power of Love’s Pediatric AIDS program for the past 6 months. Tresha’s mother is also HIV+ and her father left them after Tresha’s birth. Unable to provide for herself and Tresha, Tresha’s mom moved in with Tresha’s grandmother who is already taking care of 10 other orphaned children. When Tresha enrolled in our program she was on ARV’s and was suffering from bronchitis and malnutrition. Our program provides her with high protein soya supplements, food and weekly health check-ups. As a result, she is not malnourished anymore, and is in a stable condition at present.

Future Plans

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to (i) provide food, medicines and life-saving health care services to all children in our program, (ii) train an additional 100 caregivers/grandmothers in HIV/AIDS care, (iii) ensure that all caregivers continue to be tested for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening, (vi) add a strong HIV “testing and prevention” program for the caregivers of the children to make this a more comprehensive model (with prevention, treatment, care, and economic empowerment). Please donate generously to this program so that we can improve the health of the children, the children can be back in school, and live close to normal lives.

Summary

 

In summary, this program has increased survival rates of children in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia and significantly improved the quality of life of their families. The program is comprehensive as it takes care of physical (food, medicines, malaria bed nets, training provided to caregivers), social (education, cultural), and psychological (counseling, peer groups) needs of the women and children. 

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