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Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia

by Power of Love Foundation
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Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia

In 2019, generous donors like yourself, donated more than $20,000 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 450 HIV+ children, ongoing training to family members, PMTCT education to HIV+ pregnant women, education in HIV, and school support to families. These program activities resulted in a huge and sustained impact on hundreds of families in our community. 

A Lot of Good Things Happened in 2019

A lot of good things happened in 2019. The number of children and family members impacted are given below:

  • Direct and Indirect beneficiaries: 2500 children and family members.
  • Children receiving food and high protein soya supplements: 200
  • Better health of children measured by increase in weight and frequency and intensity of infections: 214
  • Children provided with psychosocial counseling: 203
  • Children provided with education in HIV: 203
  • Children provided with monitoring and training in adherence to medications: 203
  • Family members provided with psychosocial counseling: 432
  • Family members tested for HIV: 335
  • Family members provided with counseling after testing positive for HIV: 335
  • Family members receiving ongoing training in HIV care and prevention: 432
  • Family members receiving business training and loans to start a business: 183
  • Families receiving education in malaria and long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito bed nets: 432
  • Number of children born HIV free to HIV+ moms: 40 out of 41
  • Children supported with school expenses such as school fees, uniforms, shoes, or school bags: 108

Program Impact: In addition to improved health and more children attending school, families have better knowledge about HIV and malaria. This results in a community that can take steps to prevent new HIV infections, and is more self-reliant in taking care of its own health. As a result, we are seeing a lower incidence of HIV and reduced stigma amongst beneficiary families. Also, beneficiary families share their learnings with others leading better education about HIV and HIV prevention amongst the larger community.

Plans for 2020

  • 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 attend school.
  • Encourage older children to volunteer as mentors to provide role models 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.   

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New family members trained in basic nursing
New family members trained in basic nursing

The Power of Love team extends a personal and heartfelt thanks for your dedication to prevent new HIV infections, provide health care services to 450 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children, and training to family members. 2019 was an extraordinary year. With your support, thousands of families are now more sustainable and vulnerable communities are stronger and more self-reliant in taking care of their health.

Please take a moment to treat yourself to this short video, in which school girls kick off a community health event in Lusaka, Zambia. We are sure this video will bring a smile to your face.

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

One of the children leading a workshop on HIV
One of the children leading a workshop on HIV
Ready for school
Ready for school
A typical child
A typical child
A volunteer completing a health checkup
A volunteer completing a health checkup

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What makes our program unique?

Our pediatric HIV care program that provides a comprehensive package of life saving health care services to 400 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia, is unique for the following reasons:

1. The program is comprehensive. Program activities target the whole family and not just the child who is enrolled. The primary caregiver of the child (most are grandmothers caring for multiple orphaned grandchildren) is provided with training in basic nursing before the child is enrolled. Also, expecting moms are automatically enrolled in our PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV). In addition to better care for the HIV+ child, this leads better knowledge about HIV, prevention of new infections, reduces stigma, and results in better care for all members in the household.

2. This program is integrated with our micro loans, malaria prevention and educational games and activities programs. This implies that in addition to the HIV+ child receiving health care, the family receives insecticide treated mosquito bed nets, education in malaria, and an opportunity to enroll in our micro loans and “Safe Park” programs.

3. We have been working successfully on the ground for more than 17 years now and are embedded in the community. Churches and other organizations provide us with referrals and have come to rely on our services.

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

Stories of two such children are given below.

Mary, aged 13, is a double orphan and lives with her widowed grandmother. She lost her father to TB in 2013, and her mom a year later due to a complicated miscarriage. She and her younger sister were enrolled in 2012. Mary’s grandma suffers from high BP and diabetes, so she is not able to provide proper care for Mary and her sister. At this time, they are being cared for by their uncle. There are eight people in a three-room house with no electricity and they use communal water.

Mary suffered from fever, diarrhea and cough since she was two years old. Post enrollment her health stabilized and with medication her viral load is at an undetectable level. She is a seventh grader and loves school. In Zambia, exams at the end of seventh grade are tough but she is confident of doing well and being promoted to grade eight next January. She participates regularly in our weekly games and educational activities program. Despite, difficult circumstances, Mary is focused on school and interacts well with other children. We are inspired by her.

Frank is the youngest of four siblings. He lost his mom when he was just one month old. His father remarried and moved to the north western province, so he is being cared for by his aunt (mom's sister). His aunt sells used clothing that she orders from Tanzania. Frank enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program in 2018. He is a ninth grader and a good student. He likes music and plays an instrument with the Church band. He is a source of joy and an inspiration for us.

Thanks for giving the gift of health to hundreds of children like Mary and Frank. 

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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

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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Power of Love Foundation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Alka Subramanian
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San Diego, CA Zambia
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