Provide crucial care to 15 AIDS patients in Ghana

 
$12,840
$7,160
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Nov 14, 2013

Our EHAHC program continues to grow!

We are happy to announce that our Excellence in HIV/AIDS Health Care program continues to expand to help more children and adults suffering from AIDS in the Kpando area. Our program has grown to now care for 15 HIV+ people. After the loss of one of our patients, NA, in June, we have re-evaluated our program parameters. In the hopes of preventing as many future deaths as possible we have decided to both strengthen our efforts on adherence counseling with the patients, and to increase our efforts to identify persons living with AIDS in the Kpando area before they become too direly ill with secondary infections and thus beyond the medical help that we are able to provide.

The doctor who is heading our Excellence in HIV/AIDS Health Care program continues to make monthly visits to Kpando to evaluate and treat all of the participants. As of the doctor's October visit 13 of the patients presented in good health with only minor complaints. Two of the participants continue to be in poor health, and one has been admitted several times to the local hospital for blood transfusions and other medical care. We continue to work as hard as possible to help rehabilitate these two patients back to health, however the prognosis for the patient that is requiring the blood transfusions is not good.

With the aim of insuring that our patients are adhering as necessary to these live saving AIDS medications we have admitted one EHAHC participant, a teenage girl, into HardtHaven Children's Home. Previously this teenage girl was living in a remote village and did not have adequate care and supervision in terms of general health, nutrition, and in taking her medication. By having this young lady move to HardtHaven Children's Home we are able to better monitor her medication schedule as well as provide nutritional and health rehabilitation. We are happy to report that since coming to live at HardtHaven Children's Home this young girl has made significant gains in weight, health and over all well being!

We would like to thank all who have continued to help support this project and give these 15 people a chance at a healthy and happy life!

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Aug 21, 2013

New patients added to our program!

Our Excellence IN HIV/AIDS Health Care program continues as strong as ever! The doctor has continued to make his monthly visits to Kpando to monitor the health of the participants. New laboratory testing capabilities have been made available and the participants were able to finally get their viral load results as well as the standard CD4 and liver function tests. This allows the doctor a greater range of diagnostic tools to work with when evaluating the health of the participants. 

We do have sad news, one of the participants of the EHAHC program, NA, passed away in June. We had been working with NA to help her improve her adherence to the vital AIDS medication, but despite the best efforts of all involved she refused to take her medication regularly. We are all deeply saddened by NA's passing. But we are determined to continue to work on adherence counseling and increased access of AIDS medications to those who need it.

In July we accepted to new patients into the program, D1 and T1, two young ladies who are responding well under the doctor's care. We are happy to report that the rest of the participants, totaling 13 in number, continue to show improvements in their health.

We continue to be grateful to all who have made this vital life saving program possible!

Mar 28, 2013

Exciting update on HardtHaven's health project!

The doctor and Sister Kafui, administering to C.A.
The doctor and Sister Kafui, administering to C.A.

We have a lot of fantastic progress to report to you about our Excellence in HIV/AIDS Health Care Program (EHAHC)! Since our last update the doctor we are working in partnership with has made 2 more trips to Kpando. All of the initial participants on our EHAHC program continue to grow stronger with each visit from the doctor. The number of secondary infections, such as painful boils and skin infections, oral thrush, and respiratory infections, which the participants previously suffered from, continue to decrease.


In January we started all participants who fit the criteria to start Atripla therapy on the generic version of Atripla! Starting these patients of Atripla is a huge step towards increasing their quality of life and life span.
While we will have to wait until the doctor’s visit in March to evaluate any positive increases in the participants CD4 count (the indicator used here to evaluate how well the AIDS medications are working), the participants who have started the Atripla have reported significant improvements in their quality of life. For example; one participant, a 17 year old male who we will refer to as ‘A.K’, gained over 1 kilo in one week! A.K reports that he has a significant increase in appetite and ‘is no more tired all the time’ he now is able to enjoy going to school once again and no longer has to take 4 to 5 hour naps in the afternoons, allowing him to focus more on his school work, leisure activities, and enjoying life.

Another participant, B.G, is a woman who had been wheelchair bound for several months.  In the one month after she started the Atripla therapy she is now able to walk for short distances and even climb a few stairs at a time!

In January one of the participants, C.A, a woman who was very ill with multiple infections.  Her condition was very touch and go for several days. However because of the EHAHC program we were able to provide a clean, comfortable room for her and her children to stay at while we provided the necessary round the clock medical care. We are very happy to report that she has made a full recovery.  If she had had to go to the local hospital to be admitted she would been sleeping in a room with up to 13 other patients and due to the shortage of health workers she would not have received the intensive medical care she needed to recover.

Thank you once again for continuing to give these people living with HIV a new chance at a happy, productive and long life!
The doctor examining D.M who is doing great!
The doctor examining D.M who is doing great!
Dec 27, 2012

Great news about our HIV/AIDS health care Project!

The medication has arrived!
The medication has arrived!

We are very happy to report that our Excellence in HIV/AIDS Health Care program is continuing very successfully! The doctor from one of the leading health centers in Accra that we have contracted to treat the 15 patients involved in this program has now made 2 visits to us here in Kpando, Ghana.

The doctor’s second visit was in mid-December, he was able to give a more thorough evaluation to all 15 participants in the program as we had the lab results ready that he had requested. For many of the patients seen it was the first time they had ever had a liver function tests done and the results were quiet illuminating.

We now have received the medicine donated by Gilead Sciences. This means we have a 6 month supply of generic Atripla, generic Truvada and Nevirapine. The participants in the EHAHC program will start on this new medication  when the doctor makes his third visit in mid-January. Getting the medication to Ghana was a bit challenging but entirely worth it as this anti-retro viral therapy has the potential to allow these 15 patients many more years of quality life.

We are now working to get an additional 6 months of the medication; we are starting early on this process as it is crucial for the health of the patients and success of the anti-retro viral therapy that there are no interruptions in the supply of the medication.

We have raised a total of $7,754USD on GlobalGiving for this project and have only $246USD left to raise to fund this project for an entire year!

Thank you once again for supporting this project which is giving 15 people in late stage AIDS a new lease on life.

M., a 14 year old participating in the program
M., a 14 year old participating in the program

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Oct 26, 2012

First report on HardtHaven's Excellence in HIV/AIDS Health Care Program

The doctor, Sister Kafui and 2 of our Patients
The doctor, Sister Kafui and 2 of our Patients

We are very pleased to announce that our Excellence in HIV/AIDS Health Care Program (EHAHC) has officially started!  We are working in cooperation with a Ghanian doctor who is employed by one of the top medical facilities in the capital, Accra. This doctor will be traveling to Kpando once a month to complete checkups on all of the persons who are enrolled in our EHAHC program.  Under the doctor's guidance 4 of our teenagers living at HardtHaven and 6 of our sponsored women will be starting on some of the most effective AIDS medications available globally (Atripal and Truvada). 

The doctor made his first visit to Kpando on October 18th. We have set aside one of the rooms in our new facility as his examination room. He spent over 5 hours completing his very thorough initial evaluations of the 10 persons that will be starting on the top of the line AIDS medication (ARV’s) as well as an additional 2 children living with HIV/AIDS. The management of HardtHaven met with the Doctor before and after his evaluations to discuss the ways that we can aid him in providing our adolescents and sponsored women the best health care possible.

We have put in the request for the first 6 month supply of ARV medication from Gilead Sciences and it is our hope that the medication will arrive in Ghana in time for the doctor’s second visit in one months’ time.  This program is an enormous step forward in providing our teenagers and sponsored women living with HIV/AIDS a longer, healthier and fuller life. We are incredibly grateful to all of those who have helped make this program a reality! 

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Sonjelle Shilton

Kpando, Volta Region Ghana

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