The Fikelela model offers short term residential care, after which children are placed with supported foster carers. This model is supported by the department of social development and we recently had the chance to present our model at the International Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health which was held in Cape Town.
One of the benefits of this model is the strong link between the centre , the foster carers and the local clinic where the children receive their anti-retroviral medication. It means that if there is a drop in adherence once the children are placed with foster carers (they don't receive their medication on time) this is picked up by the local doctor and Fikelela is able to support the foster carers to improve the way that they give the child their ARVs.
Over the last quarter we have been able to care for 32 children in our short term residential care and 8 children have been place either with foster carers or with extended family members. Over the summer our kids have stayed very healthy and we are coming into the colder season now where we tend to see a few more heath issues arise!!
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