Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia

by Power of Love Foundation
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Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 500 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Measuring height during a regular health check-up
Measuring height during a regular health check-up

Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program provides food, medicines, regular health monitoring, counseling, and adherence training to 500 children living with HIV in resource poor neighborhoods in Lusaka, Zambia. We are proud of all 500 children and their families. Over the last two years, all families learned about COVID and took measures to stay safe from COVID. Most families faced challenges such as loss of livelihood due to COVID restrictions and an inflation rate around 22% last year. Despite these challenges, most families improved in health and the children worked hard to keep up with schoolwork despite repeated school closings. Given below are stories of two children who inspire us every day. These children are our heroes.

Jay (name changed), age 11, lives in a two-room home with his mom and six siblings. Jay and his mom are HIV+; his siblings (including his twin brother) are HIV negative. His mom washes clothes to be able to afford 1-2 meals a day. Their home does not have electricity or water and three of his siblings are not in school due to lack of funds. Jay started medication for HIV when he was six years old. However, his health continued to be poor as he had fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. After joining our program two years back, his health started improving and he is now in good health. He is an active second grader and participates enthusiastically in our educational games and activities program. 

Gayle (name changed), age 15 years, enrolled in our program in 2020. She lives with her parents (both living with HIV), and five siblings in a three-room home. Her mom is unable to do much as she had a stroke in 2019. Her dad works part-time as a casual laborer and is barely able to afford 2 meals for the family. Gayle started medication for HIV when she as two years old. However, her health continued to be poor, and a friend recommended she join our program. After enrollment, her dad received training in basic nursing and education in HIV. Gayle receives food, medicines, health monitoring, counseling and education in HIV. At present her health is good, and she is attending a special school as she is slow learner. She loves to play and interact with other children during our educational games and activities session on Saturday mornings.                                                       

Thank you for giving the gift of health to hundreds of children like Jay and Gayle.

                                                                    

Physical and mental health evaluation
Physical and mental health evaluation
She loves to play with other children
She loves to play with other children
Happy that schools have reopened
Happy that schools have reopened
A happy family
A happy family

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Learning how to start a backyard garden

The Power of Love team extends heartfelt thanks for your dedication to making the world a better place. 

Looking back, 2021 was a year that made us stronger and proud of our teams and beneficiary families in Zambia and India. Our care process for the children, revamped due to COVID last year, was further strengthened so that we are monitoring the health of children more closely than ever. We doubled down on collecting more data. In addition, the provision of COVID education and PPE has kept families safe from COVID. We were able to safely distribute 15,000 mosquito nets and prepare the community for the upcoming malaria season. Since many families were impacted economically, we were able to expand the loans program so that more women became self-sufficient. We could not have done this without your support. Thank you! 

Please take a few minutes to listen to this popular Zambian song. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Sending you and your family a whole lot of love for the holiday season and for 2022. 

A health check up in progress
A health check up in progress
Getting a health check-up
Getting a health check-up

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About Zambia and its children: Zambia is a democratic country, rich in mineral resources and a young population (53% of its population is under the age of 18 with a median age of 17 years). The country has made significant progress in reducing vertical transmission of HIV as over 90% of pregnant women are on treatment. However, 59% of children live in poor households with 45% living in extreme poverty, and 35% of children under five have stunted growth. In addition, most of its estimated one million orphans live with grandmothers/extended family who have little knowledge of HIV and no source of income. The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated this situation. Zambia, and many other countries in Africa, are not on track to achieve the healthcare and zero hunger goals (#2 and 3) of UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030. There is an immediate need to prioritize food security and healthcare needs.

Pediatric HIV Care: Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program provides food, medicines, and a comprehensive package of health care services to 500 children living with HIV in resource poor neighborhoods in Lusaka, Zambia. A few program activities completed this year are given below:

  • The program was expanded so we now have 500 HIV+ children under our care. Family members of the new children received training in hygiene and basic nursing.
  • All children and their families were provided with education on COVID, and PPE.
  • All 500 HIV+ children enrolled receive food, medicines and a comprehensive package of life saving health care services. All are stable and/or improving in health.
  • 229 children were provided with funds for school expenses such as fees, uniforms, shoes, and book bags in 2021, as compared to 156 children in 2020.
  • Pregnant women received education in elimination of vertical transmission of HIV.
  • All families received long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to prevent malaria.
  • All families received clean cooking stoves information on how to use these stoves. These clean cooking stoves are environmentally friendly, generate less smoke, use less fuel, and cook food faster. This has resulted in improved health due to reduced smoke inhalation, and lower expenses for fuel. 
  • COVID education workshops launched last year have benefitted more than 1,100 children to date.

Impact: These program activities have set off a chain reaction of positive outcomes. For example, better nutrition and health enables children to miss fewer days at school, and for adults to have a more stable source of income. Improved knowledge regarding HIV care and prevention results in more people getting tested leading to HIV prevention.

Going forward our plan is to further expand the program, increase the skills levels of community members, and provide education that is climate adaptive. The goal of all program activities is to build self-reliant families and more sustainable communities.

Thanks for giving the gift of health and education to orphans and vulnerable children.

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Training Session in Progress
Training Session in Progress

The ongoing pandemic has made life more difficult for vulnerable communities globally. In resource poor communities, more families face food insecurity due to the impact of COVID, and other factors such as climate change and conflict. For the last 18 months our goal has been to keep families in our program educated on COVID prevention and healthy, and to ensure that children attend school/continue with schoolwork. 

All 500 HIV+ children enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program inspire us every day with their positive attitude and their actions to overcome challenges. All of them are heroes. Given below are two stories of children who are staying healthy and attending school. These children receive food, medicines, regular health monitoring, training in adherence, and counseling. Their families receive education in HIV, ongoing training in how to take care of an HIV+ child, environmentally friendly cooking stoves, COVID education, and insecticide treated bed nets.

Jas (name changed) is a 15-year-old girl who lives with her mom as she lost her dad when she was eight. Her mom is the sole caregiver for her, her brother, her grandmother, and three orphaned step siblings (a total of 12 people in her household). They live with her grandma in a 4-room house which has no electricity or water. In 2008, Jas was tested for HIV as she had complaints of diarrhea and vomiting. Soon after she enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program and her mom enrolled in our micro loans program so she could receive business training and loans. Her mom used loan funds to start a fruit and charcoal stand. Post enrollment, Jas's health improved steadily, and she is adhering well to her medication. She is a sixth grader who loves school. 

Brad (name changed) is a 16-year-old boy who lives with his parents, and three siblings. Both his parents are on treatment for HIV. His family lives in a two-room home with no electricity, or water. His father lost his part time job during COVID last year. His mom sells bread, and they can barely afford two meals per day. In 2016, Brad tested positive for HIV as he had complaints of diarrhea and stunted growth. He started treatment soon after, but his health did not improve. In 2018, he was enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program. After enrollment, his health stabilized, and he has no complaints now. He adheres to his medication regimen. He is a sixth grader and likes school. 

It is the positive attitude of children enrolled that makes this program unique. Each child is special, brings us unlimited joy and inspires us every day

Thanks for keeping hundreds of children healthy and in school.

A toddler undergoing a routine health check-up
A toddler undergoing a routine health check-up
She loves school
She loves school
Health team participating in refresher training
Health team participating in refresher training

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Family members who received training in HIV care
Family members who received training in HIV care

Wishing all moms, a beautiful Mother’s Day.

Today we are thinking of the mothers and aunts in Africa who are taking care of children living with HIV with limited or no resources. Most families enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program face food insecurity, illness, impact of HIV, and have little information about HIV. Since 2020, COVID-19 aggravated the situation due to loss of livelihoods and increased uncertainty. 

To support moms and grandmas, 75 new children were enrolled last month bringing the total to 500 children under our care. Families of new children were provided with training in basic nursing and in caring for an HIV+ child. For the next few months, the new children will be monitored closely to ensure a sustained improvement in their mental and physical health. In addition, 241 children were provided with funds for school expenses such as fees, uniforms, school bags and shoes last January and February. The goal of these program activities is to keep families informed about HIV and COVID, healthy, and children in school.  

Thanks for keeping hundreds of orphan and vulnerable children healthy and in school.  

This child is healthy and loves school
This child is healthy and loves school
Happy to have started grade 1 this year
Happy to have started grade 1 this year

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