Medicine for HIV+ Children in Uganda

 
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Wow!  We have received a huge request for meds!  It is for 3 months, for 10,000 children throughout Uganda.  Quite the request, but we are going to try to fill it.  Would you mind helping us spread the word?  Maybe one of you (and some of your friends) would like to make a donation to honor your mom or grandmother on Mother's Day and you want her to receive a card that lets her know how much you love her AND that your gift to her is to save the lives of some precious children?

If you'd like to do that for your mom (as a mom, I know your mom will love this gift!), just select the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will send the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical card. GG offers several fun card designs and they give you the option to choose a design customized for our project.  Pretty cool!

So, why not celebrate your loved one while helping us reach our goal of sending medicine for 10,000 Ugandan children for three whole months?  Come on...you know your mom will love it!

~ tanya

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Millicent receiving her meds at a clinic
Millicent receiving her meds at a clinic

People with healthy immune systems can be exposed to certain viruses, bacteria, or parasites and have no reaction to them—but people living with HIV/AIDS can face serious health threats from what are known as “opportunistic” infections (OIs). These infections are called “opportunistic” because they take advantage of your weakened immune system, and they can cause devastating illnesses. OIs are the most common cause of death for people with HIV/AIDS.

The Center for Disease Control developed a list of more than 20 OIs that are considered AIDS-defining conditions—if you have HIV and one or more of these OIs, you will be diagnosed with AIDS, no matter what your CD4 count happens to be:

  • Candidiasis of bronchi, trachea, esophagus, or lungs
  • Invasive cervical cancer
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Cryptosporidiosis, chronic intestinal (greater than 1 month's duration)
  • Cytomegalovirus disease (particularly CMV retinitis)
  • Encephalopathy, HIV-related
  • Herpes simplex: chronic ulcer(s) (greater than 1 month's duration); or bronchitis, pneumonitis, or esophagitis
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Isosporiasis, chronic intestinal (greater than 1 month's duration)
  • Kaposi's sarcomav
  • Lymphoma, multiple forms
  • Mycobacterium avium complex
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia
  • Pneumonia, recurrent
  • Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
  • Salmonella septicemia, recurrent
  • Toxoplasmosis of brain
  • Wasting syndrome due to HIV

One of AFCA's goals for the children in our programs is to lower the risk of getting OIs. Antiretroviral therapy can help by increasing your number of CD4 cells, which will help protect them from OIs. AFCA also provides medications used to prevent disease from occurring - known as prophylaxis. 

Thanks to donors like you, we are able to provide medicine for children seen in 75 clinics throughout Uganda. It is life-saving, to say the least!

Fatuma and siblings receiving their free medicatio
Fatuma and siblings receiving their free medicatio

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One of the beneficiaries
One of the beneficiaries

Dear friends,

I just received this email from one of our Ugandan partners today. As you can see, our work is making a difference in the lives of many children.  Thank you for being part of our work!

"Tanya, I am very sorry for the delayed response. I have been out of the station for the last 3 weeks carrying field activities in supported health facilities and I have been experiencing very poor internet access. Hence, I could not access my emails.

The wonderful news is that we received 474,000 tablets of the balance that was procured for us in 2011 in December. We also received 1,025,000 tablets in January 2012.  With the above Cotrimoxazole supplies, we will be able to buffer 71 of the supported district facilities for the next 3 months. We are indeed very grateful.

Attached you'll find our receiving form (GRN) and supplier's invoice (acknowledged by us) for the two supplies.  As you know, these medicines mean life to so many children. 

God richly bless you.

Thanks,

William Mutabaazi | Pharmacy Services Manager"



Receiving medicine and instructions
Receiving medicine and instructions

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Peanuts from an AFCA community garden
Peanuts from an AFCA community garden

In 2007, in Tungwane village in Zimbabwe, a mother died leaving her two daughters in the care of her husband. Two years later, he died. The girls are now 14 and 12 and live with their grandmothers who are 85 and 68 years old. 

Recently, ZOE, our partner in Zimbabwe, reached out to this family and provided them with ATMIT. The family began eating ATMIT and the girls regained their strength and are vibrant and healthy. The grandmothers report that they are once again doing well in school and now have energy to play and enjoy life.

 

ATMIT is an oat-based, nutrient fortified porridge that the AFCA ships in 40' shipping containers to ZOE and some of our other partners who are suffering due to famine or drought.  Each container will provide food for approximately 800 children for one month and the cost to ship a container averages $12,000, depending on the location where we send the porridge.


ATMIT is a temporary solution for the food shortages experienced by our partners and we have begun to work toward long-term solutions that allow our partners to provide their own food and raise their own flocks so that ATMIT is no longer needed.


In January, we are sending an agriculatural expert as an intern, Katie, to Mombasa, Kenya where she will spend six months training Stephen (a Kenyan nutritionist and gardener) to grow and manage a 50-acre community garden with high yields and to establish a seed bank for future gardens. This project promises to produce long-term food solutions for our Mombasa partner who is then tasked to train others to grow gardens.


As this year comes to a close, we want to thank you for the donations you've made to support our work.  Please share what we do with others, so they, too, can help our children.  With Nike's generous matching program, thousands of children could be helped if every employee at Nike donated just $10.  Will you start the ball rolling and get your Nike friends behind our cause?  Together, we CAN make a difference. 

 

~ tanya

Lydia drinking ATMIT porridge
Lydia drinking ATMIT porridge

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Thank you, donors and supporters from Nike!  While a Nike climbing team is slow in forming, we do have leads from Amsterdam and South Africa's Nike offices, saying they are interested in climbing for our children.  I'll let you know the minute a team if formed!

Meanwhile, your donations are still changing lives.  We aren't just letting them sit, gathering dust.  Instead, we are getting children food, life-saving medicine, and medical supplies they desperately need.  Please rest assured that the children are doing well, that they are growing, and that they are healthy.  This is thanks to donors like you.

Hey!  If you have friends at Nike who like the outdoors, who like hiking and who like children - tell them to contact Tanya at tweaver@AFCAids.org.  We'd love to have them on a new Nike team, bringing hope to children as they climb.  I just summited myself and it was the trip of a lifetime.  It was amazing and we'd love to have you and others from Nike join us.

Why we climb Kilimanjaro
Why we climb Kilimanjaro

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Project Leader

tanya weaver

Harrisburg, PA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Medicine for HIV+ Children in Uganda