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Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia

by Power of Love Foundation
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
Health Care for 400 HIV+ children in Zambia
A typical family in Matero
A typical family in Matero

Plan for 2019

We are planning on adding 50 children to our pediatric HIV care program in October 2019. With this addition we will have 450 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children under our care. Our goal is to make health care accessible to as many children living in Matero as we can. Given below is a summary of the process of enrolling children that will take place in October and various elements of the program to ensure better health for the children.  

Elements and Mechanics of our Pediatric HIV care program

Beneficiary selection process: We partner and work closely with several community-based organizations, local churches, and government clinics. These organizations provide referrals. In addition, our health care staff identifies children who are sick during their regular home visits. At any time, the Project Nurse has a list of 40-60 children who can be added based on availability of funds.  

Training provided to family members: Once the children are selected, one family member (who is the primary caregiver) for each child is provided with an intensive 5-day training in basic hygiene, caring for an HIV+ child, HIV prevention, identification of infections, and how and when to escalate care to the next higher level. Training is participative, hands-on and in the local language as most trainees have never been to school and many cannot read or write. On successful completion of training by family members, the children are enrolled. Training family members ensures that the child is under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7.

Provision of food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care services: Once enrolled, all children receive mealie meal (a Zambian staple), beans, cooking oil, medicines, and a comprehensive package of health care services. The package includes regular home visits by the health care team, psychosocial counseling, education in HIV prevention and monitoring and training in adherence to medication. Children who are malnourished/undernourished receive high protein soya supplement, in addition to mealie meal, beans and cooking oil.

As part of the health care package, all children are visited regularly in their homes by our health care team. During a typical home visit, a health care worker records the height, weight, BP, oxygen level, and temperature, checks for rashes, sores, symptoms of infections, and counsels the child and family. Health records of children are updated, and the Nurse informed about the progress of the child.

Ongoing education in HIV prevention and counseling is provided to family members of all children. In addition, women are encouraged to go in for cervical cancer screening.   

Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV:  Family members of children are provided with training in PMTCT to maximize chances of the child being born HIV free.    

Ongoing discussion and action taken for more serious cases: Children who need additional care are monitored closely by the Project Nurse. Difficult cases are discussed, and care escalated to the next higher level - for example, the child is taken to the doctor/hospital as needed.

Children graduated and encouraged to volunteer: Children who turn 18 years of age and pass high school (whichever comes later) graduate from the program. Older children and graduates are encouraged to volunteer in our “Safe Park” program by leading workshops in HIV prevention and mentoring younger children. A few graduates volunteer regularly and have become role models/mentors for younger children.    

The goal of all program activities is to provide high quality care to children living with HIV, educate families in HIV prevention, prevent new infections in infants, and reduce HIV related stigma. The long-term goal is for children and families to become self-reliant in taking care of their own health.   

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

A Little Girl Proud of her School Report
A Little Girl Proud of her School Report
A health check-up in progress
A health check-up in progress
A health check-up during a home visit
A health check-up during a home visit

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Ready for School and Learning
Ready for School and Learning

Happy Mother’s Day. On this Mother’s Day, let's pledge to make health care accessible to all children irrespective of where they live. The United Nations has set goals to end poverty, ensure healthy lives, and provide education to all children by 2030. To help achieve this goal, our program activities are designed to prevent new HIV infections and provide a comprehensive package of life saving health care services to 400 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. Program activities target the entire family and impact different family members in multiple ways. For example, in addition to the HIV+ child receiving health care, the family receives training in HIV, ongoing education, insecticide treated bed nets, and an opportunity to enroll in our micro loans program.

A story of a typical child enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program is given below.

Jane, a tenth grader, inspires us with her cheerful attitude and love for learning amidst difficult circumstances. She lives with her parents and three siblings in a home with no electricity or running water. Her parents are on treatment themselves and barely able to pay for food and medicines as her father is unemployed and her mom sells a few items from her home. Jane enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program when she got sick two years back. Since enrollment her health has improved significantly, and she is back in school. She receives counseling, training in adherence to medication, education in HIV, food, medicines and regular health check-ups. In addition, Jane receives funds for school expenses. She participates enthusiastically in our weekly educational games and activities program. We are proud of Jane as she is a good student and is self-reliant in taking care of her health and helps care for her parents.

Jane’s mom appreciates the skills she learned during the training she received in HIV care and prevention. She says that the program should continue with its excellent work.

Thanks for giving the gift of health and well-being to hundreds of children like Jane.  

Typical children in our program
Typical children in our program
A child with her health care aide
A child with her health care aide
A typical child in our program
A typical child in our program

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Health check-up at home
Health check-up at home

In 2018, generous people like yourself, donated approximately $15,000 to support Power of Love's pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. These funds helped provide a comprehensive package of life saving health care services to 400 HIV+ children, ongoing training to family members, PMTCT education to HIV+ pregnant women, and school support to vulnerable families. The provision of these program activities resulted in a huge and sustained impact on hundreds of families in our community. 

A Lot of Good Things Happened in 2018

A lot of good things happened in 2018. The number of children and family members impacted are given below:

  • Direct and Indirect beneficiaries: 2400 children and family members.
  • Children receiving food and high protein soya supplements: 150
  • Better health of children measured by increase in weight and frequency and intensity of infections: 158
  • Children provided with psycho social counseling once they are aware of their HIV+ status: 172
  • Children provided with education in HIV: 172
  • Children provided with monitoring and training in adherence to medications:172
  • Family members provided with psycho-social counseling: 386
  • Family members tested for HIV: 230
  • Family members provided with counseling after testing positive for HIV: 245
  • Family members receiving ongoing training in HIV care and prevention: 386
  • Family members receiving business training and loans to start a business: 168
  • Families receiving education in malaria and long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito bed nets: 386
  • Number of children born HIV free to HIV+ moms: 38 out of 39
  • Children supported with school expenses such as school fees, uniforms, shoes, or school bags: 79

Program Impact: In addition to improved health and more children attending school, families have better knowledge about HIV and malaria. This results in community residents taking steps to prevent new HIV infections and the spread of HIV. As a result, we are seeing a lower lower incidence of HIV and reduced stigma amongst beneficiary families and are confident these results will spread to the larger community.

Plans for 2019

  • Add 50 HIV+ children to bring the total number of children under our care to 450.
  • Continue to monitor the health of children under our care so that they never develop AIDS.
  • Zero new HIV infections via PMTCT (Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission).
  • Track school attendance and performance to ensure the children are learning.
  • Encourage older children to volunteer with us as these children can be role models and mentors for younger children.
  • Expand the skill set of community members via the provision of education and training programs.
  • Gather more in-depth feedback from community residents. 

Overall, the ripple effects of our comprehensive approach are significant, sustained, and continue to strengthen families in the community.

Thanks for making healthcare accessible to hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.   

A typical child in our program
A typical child in our program
A typical child in our program
A typical child in our program
This little girl love school
This little girl love school

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Children in conversation
Children in conversation

Wishing you and your family a 2019 filled with peace and joy!

Power of Love's pediatric HIV care program has been providing health-care services in an impoverished neighborhood in Lusaka, Zambia for the past 14 years. Most residents are poor, many are HIV+, have little education, and need our support. Direct beneficiaries are 400 HIV+ children and indirect beneficiaries are estimated to be an additional 1900 community residents. As we close 2018, we wanted to give you an overview of program activities, their impact, and our plan for the upcoming year. 

Impact

The goal of all program activities is to prevent new HIV infections, and to ensure that no child under our care develops AIDS. With your support, all 400 HIV+ children under our care are improving or stable in health. The families have better knowledge about HIV, more people are coming forward for testing, and there are more open discussions about HIV. All these result in HIV prevention, reduced stigma and discrimination, and higher school attendance and performance. 

Highlights of program activities in 2018.

  • Added 50 children: This brings the total to 400 HIV+ children under our care.
  • Training in HIV was provided to 53 new family members to ensure that the new children are under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7. This is in addition to the ongoing training provided to family members during home visits.
  • Psychosocial counseling provided to all children. This helps children adjust to their HIV status, interact better with peers, and feel a sense of belonging in the community.   
  • Testing for HIV: More than 300 family members were tested for HIV and provided with counseling services.
  • School support: 63 children were provided with funds to help pay for school fees, books, school bags, uniforms, shoes.
  • Electronic health records: A simple electronic health records system was implemented to help improve health outcomes.
  • Adherence to medication: All children are adhering to their medication regimen. At present we have 100% adherence to medications.
  • High protein soya supplement: Provision of a high protein soya supplement ensured that no child was malnourished and reduced the number of undernourished children. 
  • Program services: All 400 HIV+ children receive food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services and will continue to do so till they turn 18 years of age. As a result, their health is stable or improving as measured by weight and CD4 counts.

Plan for 2019

  • Add 50 to100 HIV+ children.
  • Continue to monitor the health of children under our care.
  • Zero new HIV infections via PMTCT (Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission).
  • Track school attendance and performance to ensure the children are learning.
  • Encourage older children to volunteer as these children are role models and mentors for younger children.
  • Expand the skill set of community members via the provision of education and training programs.
  • Gather more in-depth feedback from community residents. 

Thanks for making healthcare accessible to hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.   

Training session for family members
Training session for family members
A typical child in our program
A typical child in our program

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A typical child in our program
A typical child in our program

The Power of Love team extends a personal and heartfelt thanks to you for your dedication to prevent new HIV infections, provide health care services to 400 HIV+ children, and training to family members. 2018 was an extraordinary year. With your support, we provided a comprehensive package of life-saving health care services to 400 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children and education to their families in Zambia. All children under our care are stable or improving in health. Our goal is that these children never develop AIDS. 

Please take a moment to treat yourself to this short video, in which community residents are singing traditional songs to kick off a mosquito nets provision and education event in Lusaka, Zambia. We are sure this video will bring a smile to your face.

Sending a giant wave of love to you and your family this holiday season!

 

Training for family members
Training for family members
Family members after completing training
Family members after completing training
Children playing in their neighborhood
Children playing in their neighborhood

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Power of Love Foundation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Alka Subramanian
Founder/Director
San Diego, CA Zambia
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