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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
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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Children born HIV free
Children born HIV free

Thank you for working with us to prevent new HIV infections and provide a package of life saving health care services to 350 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. Today we would like you to meet one of the children who have benefitted from your support over the past year.

Meet our hero: Mary (not her real name), who is 8 years old, lost her dad to TB when she was five years old and lives with her mom and older sister, in a one room home. Her mother works as a casual worker at a tobacco factory and can barely afford two meals in a day. In 2010, when she was a year old, she was discovered to be HIV+ when she was admitted to a hospital for a cut in her left hand. She was put on medication the same day as her CD4 count was very low. Mary's mom learned about our pediatric HIV care program while one of our health care workers was visiting a child in her neighborhood. Mary enrolled in May 2016; her mom received training in caring for an HIV+ child and in prevention of HIV; and she receives food, medicines, regular health check-ups, and psychosocial counselling. The family now eats 3 meals a day as compared to 1-2 meals before enrollment.

For the past year, Mary has had no major health complaints, and her health has stabilized as measured by a sustained increase in her weight and CD4 count. She is studying in grade two, and was ranked number one in her grade last term. In addition, she participates enthusiastically in educational games and activities with her peers.

Impact: Mary's mom says that our pediatric HIV care program has helped them significantly by providing them with nutritional support, medical care, counselling, ongoing training, and malaria bed nets. In addition, she appreciates the skills she learned during the training in HIV care and prevention. She is grateful for the program and says that the program should continue with its excellent work. When asked about suggestions for improvement she said she would like additional support for school expenses.

Over the past few years, we are seeing a reduced incidence of HIV in our community, improved health of children, and fewer missed days from school due to poor health. We attribute these successes to the comprehensive package of services provided for children and their family members.

Thanks for giving the gift of health and well-being to hundreds of children like Mary. Your support is helping keep hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children healthy and in school. 

 

Happy mom with her healthy children
Happy mom with her healthy children
Maureen is happy and healthy
Maureen is happy and healthy

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The Power of Love team extends a personal and heartfelt thank you for your dedication to prevent new HIV infections, provide life saving health care services to 350 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children, and provide training to family members. 2017 was an extraordinary year; with your help, we provided a broader set of services to a large and growing number of children and families in Zambia and India.

Please take a moment to treat yourself to this short video, in which Mary, one of the hundreds of children who benefits from your support, is getting ready for school. Mary is 12 years old, studies in grade eight and is an excellent student.  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!

Grandma and Child
Grandma and Child

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Women learning about HIV prevention and care
Women learning about HIV prevention and care

Thank you for your continued support for our pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. With your support, we are seeing a reduced incidence of HIV in our community, healthier children, and fewer missed days from school due to poor health. We attribute these successes to training provided to family members before a child is enrolled in our program and ongoing training after enrollment. A brief description of the training provided to family members is given below.

Training provided to family members: In May 2017, twenty-nine HIV+ children were added to the program to replace the children who turned 18 years or older last March. Family members of the new children were provided with a five- day intensive training in basic home nursing, psychosocial care, and in HIV care and prevention. Since most of our trainees have never been to school and many do not know how to read or write, training is in Nyanza (the local language), participative, hands-on, and interactive. In this group, all trainees participated enthusiastically and contributed by discussing their experiences. In addition, ongoing training in HIV care and prevention is provided during home visits.

Some of the topics covered included:  

  • Transmission and spread of HIV.
  • Importance of sex education during the coming of age ceremonies for both girls and boys.
  • How to identify Ebola.
  • Prevention of malaria and proper use of insecticide treated bed nets.
  • Good hygiene.
  • Simple and effective responses to common conditions such as diarrhea, fever, malnutrition, and Tuberculosis.
  • How to administer and monitor ARV’s.
  • How to recognize danger signs and escalate care to the next higher level.
  • Role of the family in the upbringing of children, stages and characteristics of adolescence, and the unique needs and challenges that they face.
  • Need for regular check-ups and visits to the clinic for immunizations and vaccinations.
  • Importance of early screening for cervical and breast cancer.

Our goals for this training include:

  • Understanding the importance of sending children to school.
  • Understanding PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child transmission) of HIV.   
  • Learn how to care for an HIV+ child.
  • Build relationships with peers to be able to learn from one another.
  • Build on existing skills in taking care of sick children.
  • Learn basic counseling skills to support HIV+ children.
  • Gain knowledge on the prevention of malaria and use of treated mosquito nets.
  • Learn about misconceptions regarding HIV and AIDS.
  • Know what to do when the child is sick.

Impact of Training: The training and education provided to families has led to more open discussions about HIV prevention and care, fewer new HIV infections, and zero new HIV infections in children born to HIV+ moms. In addition, with a better understanding of HIV, family members come forward for testing for HIV, cervical and breast cancer and there is reduced stigma regarding HIV and AIDS. We believe that with proper education and intervention we can eliminate HIV infection in new born children, and improve the health of children infected with HIV.

Thanks for giving the gift of health to a vulnerable child. 

Training in HIV care in progress
Training in HIV care in progress
Ready for school
Ready for school
Health check-up at home for an HIV+ child
Health check-up at home for an HIV+ child

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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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