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 adherence monitoring and training. In addition, we provide ongoing training in HIV/AIDS care for children and support to caregivers (most of them are grandmothers) of the children.
At POL, we believe that the long term solution to the HIV/AIDS crisis lies with the local community itself and that empowering women and making them self-reliant is a key component in solving the global HIV/AIDS crisis. POL empowers women (many of them grandmothers caring for multiple orphaned grandchildren) and makes them self-reliant through the following multi-pronged approach: (1) by providing food, medicines and a package of health care services to the children, (2) by training mothers/grandmother/extended family caregivers in caring for their HIV infected children and orphans, (3) by providing them with micro loans and business training to start a small business, and (4) by providing long lasting insecticide treated nets to children and families vulnerable to Malaria. As a result of this comprehensive approach, over the last six years we have had a total of 235 children in our program and have lost 10 children to AIDS. Statistically, we could have lost 40 children or more as life expectancy of an HIV positive child is just five years at birth. More importantly most of the children are back in school. To learn more visit http://poweroflove.org/arms-reach-care-arc.
Some of the achievements of this program over the last six months are given below.
Long Term Measurable Outcomes
Some of the metrics we used to evaluate our program include survival rates, decrease in the number of opportunistic infections, increased attendance in school, malnutrition in children before and after enrollment in the program, and testing for HIV. Our program has done well on all of the above metrics.
To sum, 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. As of January 2011, the ARC program benefits 150 children directly and indirectly benefits an additional 1100 children. For more information visit http://www.poweroflove.org/arms-reach-care-arc.
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)...
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 (counselling, peer groups) needs of the women and children.
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