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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 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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A beneficiary family
A beneficiary family

We can end AIDS: The UN has set a goal of ending AIDS by 2030. This can be achieved if 80%, (current number is 59%) of all people living with HIV are on treatment. Ending AIDS will generate profound health and economic benefits globally. The African countries will see a significant increase in GDP and ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages will put the world on the path to sustainable development as envisioned by the UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030.

Our response: To help end AIDS, we added 50 HIV+ children to our pediatric HIV care program last May. Our Project Nurse has created a personalized health plan for all new children and the focus of our trained health care team is to stabilize and improve the health outcomes of these children so that they never develop AIDS.

In this group of new children, 14 out of 50 are less than five years old. Additional monitoring is provided to these children as their immune systems are still developing and they are susceptible to opportunistic infections. Out of the remaining 36 children, 28 are between 6-12 years of age, and 8 are between 13-17 years. For these children our focus is to stabilize their health so that they can attend school regularly. In addition, children older than 11 years and on ARV medication, are being monitored and trained in adherence to medication. Our goal with children on ARV medication is: (i) they are aware of and accept their HIV+ status, and (ii) in the next few months can take medications and visit the clinic on their own. For all children on medication, our goal is 100% adherence to medication.

How do we assist families in taking care of their health? This program provides a comprehensive package of services to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children have the care and support they need to stay healthy and thrive. The package of services includes: food, high-protein food supplements, regular health check-ups by trained health workers, psycho-social counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, family members are provided with training in basic home nursing, hygiene, education in HIV, and encouraged to go in for HIV testing and cancer screening. The program also provides support for school expenses to the poorest families, invites children to participate in our weekly educational games program, and encourages women to enroll in our microloans program

Direct beneficiaries are 400 HIV+ children and their families Most children are orphans, living with a grandmother/aunt or other extended family members who need support themselves and are often the sole caregivers for multiple orphaned children.

Mimi is a typical child in our program. She is nine years old, a single orphan and the youngest of eight siblings. Her father who is on medication for HIV, cares for her and her siblings. Mimi enrolled earlier this year as she was suffering from rashes, headache, and fever. Her health is better now, and she attend school regularly. She is studying in grade four.

Program Impact: Before joining our program, children like Mimi, are in poor health due to malnutrition, fatigue, chronic opportunistic infections and are unable to attend school regularly. Under the care of trained family members supported by our trained health care staff, better nutrition, and psychosocial counseling, most children stabilize and improve in health 4-5 months after enrollment. They start interacting better with other children and have fewer missed days at school. In addition, family members become more knowledgeable about HIV and learn how to take care of their own health.

Thanks for helping keep orphans and vulnerable children healthy and in school.

A typical family
A typical family
A typical home
A typical home
Happy siblings
Happy siblings

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Happy children
Happy children

We are thrilled to share that your support helped add 50 HIV+ children to our pediatric HIV care program. We now have 400 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children under our care! These children are among the most vulnerable; most are sick and require continuous care, have lost one or both parents, and are being raised in impoverished homes. Enrollment in our programs brings many benefits to the children and their families; training in HIV care and prevention, food, medicines, and a package of life-saving healthcare services. In addition, our health care team is creating a personalized health plan for the 50 new children. We are confident that the new children will soon experience a marked improvement in health, so that they can live close to normal lives and attend school regularly.  

At this time, direct beneficiaries of this program are 400 HIV+ children and indirect beneficiaries are an additional 2000 people as beneficiary families share their knowledge about HIV care and prevention with others in the community.

Thanks for giving the gift of health to HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. 

A beneficiary family
A beneficiary family
A little girl in our program
A little girl in our program
A young child in his home
A young child in his home

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Girl discussing school with her healthcare worker
Girl discussing school with her healthcare worker

We would like to wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day. Here is an update from the field that will make you smile. 

Cholera outbreak: Zambia went through a cholera outbreak beginning in October 2017. The impact of this outbreak was severe in Lusaka and especially in our community of Matero and the surrounding communities of Chipata, Kanyama, Chawama, Chilenje and Chelston due to contaminated water supplies, contaminated food, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices in these areas. 

Action taken by the Government: The Ministry of Health stepped in to take measures to control and prevent the spread of cholera in December 2017. Street vending businesses and other open markets were identified as areas that could aggravate the outbreak due to untreated trash and poor sanitation in the community. In December 2017, President Edgar Lungu directed the military to clean markets and unblock drains to help to fight the spread of the disease. Schools were closed, and meetings of more than 2-3 people were not allowed till January end. According to the Minister of Health, 1.3 million people were vaccinated against cholera by late January. Schools and markets that were closed to prevent the spread of cholera started reopening mid-January 2018. At present, the cholera outbreak is under control.

Direct Impact on children enrolled in our program: Most of the beneficiary families live in Matero, one of the areas severely impacted by the cholera outbreak. Co-infections rates between cholera and HIV are high; and cholera can be fatal for children living with HIV. However, none of the 350 HIV+ children under our care contracted cholera. We attribute this result to the ongoing training and education provided by our health care staff. We are proud of our team on the ground. 

Thanks for your continued caring and support for HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.

Home visit for a health check by the Project Nurse
Home visit for a health check by the Project Nurse
A beneficiary family
A beneficiary family
One of the children on our program
One of the children on our program

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Nat with his family
Nat with his family

In 2017, generous donors such as yourself helped raise more than $50,000 for Power of Love's pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. These funds were used to implement diverse program activities that range from the provision of food, medicines, regular health check-ups, education in prevention of HIV, psycho-social counseling, and training in adherence to medication to 350 HIV+ children. In addition, family members were trained in caring for an HIV+ child and in prevention of HIV. As a result, here are some heartwarming numbers from the field:

1. Direct beneficiaries are 350 HIV+ children and indirect beneficiaries an additional 1900 orphans and vulnerable children.

2. Number of children receiving regular health check-ups and monitoring: 350

3. Number of children whose health improved as measured by a sustained weight gain: 94 

4. Number of children whose immune system strengthened as measured by an increase in CD4 count: 25

5. Children provided with counseling, education in HIV, and adherence training and monitoring: 140

6. Family members receiving counseling, and ongoing training in HIV care and prevention: 341

7. Families provided with malaria bed nets and education on malaria prevention: 341

8. Family members tested for HIV: 273

9. Family members tested positive and provided with counseling: 207

10. Children supported with school expenses: 24

11. Expecting moms provided with PMTCT intervention: 3

Over the last 13 years, survival rates for children have been approximately 98%, opportunistic infections drop to 20-25% of pre-enrollment levels once the child has been on the program for 4-5 months, there is a marked improvement in malnutrition levels, there is a reduction in stigma associated with HIV, and school attendance is higher. Our comprehensive approach takes care of physical, educational, social, psychological, and income generation, needs of the women and children. These program activities lead to large and sustained ripple effects.

We are proud of you for caring for HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.  

Twins born HIV free as a result of PMTCT
Twins born HIV free as a result of PMTCT
Ready for school
Ready for school

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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
$20,805 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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