In Zambia over 1 million children have been orphaned - most of them due to HIV/AIDS. Since 70% of the population earns less than $1 per day, it is hard for the community to care for their orphans. Children as young as 10-13 years old are heading households and caring for younger siblings. This project will strengthen the community by (i) training women in caring for an HIV+ child, and (ii) by providing food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to the HIV+ child's family.
This project will provide food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care service to 50 HIV+ children for one year. The package includes, weekly health checkups, psycho social counseling, training to caregivers in caring for an HIV+ child, education on prevention of HIV, adherence training and monitoring for older children. This high quality continuous care leads to an improvement in the children's health so that they can be back in school and has huge ripple effects in the community.
We see an improvement in the health of the children via higher/stable weight, less malnutrition, and improved CD4 counts, an increase in school attendance, an increase in the number of women going in for voluntary testing and counseling, and an increased knowledge of prevention of HIV/AIDS. An increase in numbers of people getting tested and starting ARV medication leads to a reduction in the spread of HIV, and stigma & discrimination associated with this disease. Quality of life is much better.
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