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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

Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The vision for this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their own children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to HIV positive children in Zambia.

The goal of this program is to keep children healthy so that they can attend school. At this time we have 200 HIV positive children in our program and 167 are of school going age. Out of these 167 children, 129 are in elementary school, 29 in middle school, and 9 in high school. We are proud that these children are able to attend school as out of the 200 children only 26% are being cared for by both parents, 84%  being cared for by a single parent,  grandparents or other relatives. We strive constantly to ensure that all children eligible for school are in school.

In addition to food and medicines, our program provides weekly health checkups, psychosocial counseling, education in prevention of HIV, adherence monitoring, and malaria bed nets to the children. As a result of this high quality care provided, most children are stable in health and able to live close to normal lives. In fact, most children showed positive signs of improvement in their health as measured by their weight and CD4 counts. All children (except two) gained weight/stayed same in weight; and all children (except 1) had stable or higher CD4 counts since January 2013. In addition, out of the 128 children on anti-retroviral medication, more than half are aware of their HIV positive status. Children who are aware of their status undergo adherence training that teaches them the importance of taking their medicines on time and provides them with simple tools so that they can adhere to their medication regimen. In addition, our Nurse and health workers monitor their adherence to the medication regimen and so far all children are adhering well to their medications.

Our program impacts 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1200 children indirectly as the family members share their knowledge of caring for an HIV positive child with others in the community. Your generous donation will provide much needed food, medicines, and health care services to several hundred children in the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia, and help them stay healthy and in school.

Thanks for your continued support.  

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Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The goal of this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their own children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to families of HIV positive children in Zambia.

Given below are stories of three children who are benefitting from this program.

Victor: Victor is nine years old and lives in a two-room rented home with his three siblings, step-mom and dad. He lost his mom when he was 2 years old and is being cared for by his step-mom and dad who are both HIV positive. His dad's job as a bar man does not bring in enough income to take care of his family. Victor tested positive in 2009 and started taking ARV medication in December of the same year. However, he did not respond well to treatment and was enrolled in our paediatric HIV/AIDS care program in April 2012. Before joining our program, he had sores round his scalp, diarrhoea, fever, and was not gaining weight. Since enrollment, Victor's weight has gone up from 33 lbs. to 48 lbs. He is given a health check-up every week by our community health worker and is stable in health. Victor is attending a community school as a first grader.  

Lazarus: Lazarus lives with his grandmother, mom, and seven other children that are cared for by his grandmother.  His parents divorced when he was one week old and his mom is HIV positive. Lazarus is also HIV positive and started taking ARV medication in January 2013. He is a fifth grader in a government school and is stable in health. His grandmother is very happy that Lazarus is enrolled in our paediatric HIV/AIDS care program as they receive food, medicines, weekly health check-ups, psychosocial counselling and education in prevention of HIV. In addition, the training Lazarus's grandmother received in caring for an HIV positive child helps her take better care of the other children at home.

Charity: Charity is nine years old and is being cared for by her grandmother as she lost both her parents to AIDS. Prior to enrolment in 2012, Charity was sick with TB and persistent diarrhoea. Since enrolment her health has improved and is now stable. Charity loves our Safe Parks program where she gets help with homework as she attends a community school. Her grandmother is very happy with the support received from Power of Love.  

Thanks for your support and donations to this program.

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Mother's Day is May 12 - give a gift of a healthy baby to a Mom in Zambia. The Power of Love team would like to thank its friends and donors who provide support to its pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia. With generous support from donors, we have been able continue to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. To learn more click here.

PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to child transmission)

One of the elements of our pediatric HIV/AIDs care program is PMTCT. As discussed in our last report, eleven children were born in our Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Program in 2012 and all 11 children were born HIV negative. This is remarkable as the new born babies have HIV+ mothers and siblings. In fact of the 23 children born since we launched the PMTCT program, 22 have been born HIV negative.

Given below are stories of two children born HIV free to HIV positive moms in our program. These babies have confirmed our belief that with proper intervention via PMTCT we can reduce/eliminate new pediatric HIV infections. As always, we appreciate your support as we could not have done this without you.

Emmanuel was born HIV free in September 2011. His parents and older sister, Charity are HIV positive. Charity is enrolled in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program since 2006 and Emmanuel's mom was enrolled in our PMTCT program in early 2011. Emmanuel's mom was provided with counseling, guidance, and monitoring of her medication regime till Emmanuel was born. She is happy that Emmanuel is HIV negative and participates actively in the Saturday afternoon Safe Park program. She brings Charity to the Safe Park program where Charity participates in organized games with other children and gets help with homework.

Bupe: Bupe's mom was identified as pregnant during a weekly home visit for her son Ben, who is enrolled in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. Bupe's mom was enrolled in our PMTCT program and was monitored and counseled by the Project Nurse. Bupe (means Gift) was born HIV free on May 20, 2012. She has been tested three times for HIV (July 5, 2012, October 9, 2012, and on December 21, 2012) and all three tests confirmed her HIV negative status. Bupe's mom and family are happy that Bupe is HIV free even though Ben (her older brother) is HIV positive.

Please donate generously to this program so that we can meet our goal of 100% HIV free births, and all 200 HIV positive children can continue to lead healthy and close to normal lives.

Happy Mother's Day. 

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Training Provided to Caregivers of children in our program

While designing our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in 2004, one of the questions we repeatedly asked ourselves was: how can this program strengthen the community and empower caregivers (many of them grandmothers) to take care of their family members? We wanted this program to do more than provide food, medicines and health care services to HIV positive children in the community of Matero, in Lusaka, Zambia. We wanted to provide the right tools to the community to take of their family members. Our goal was strengthen the women and grandmothers, so that they could take care of their own children and sick family members at home. With the help of the Harvard School of Public Health, we developed a curriculum especially designed for women caregivers in Zambia. When a child is enrolled in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program, the parent/guardian undergoes week long training in caring for an HIV positive child. This unique approach has led to survival rates of 95% for children in our program. We have lost 11 children out of the 368 enrolled in the program since 2004 - statistically, we could have lost many more as life expectancy for an HIV positive child at birth is only 4-5 years.

The goal of the training is to equip parents/guardians in basic nursing skills and psychosocial counseling so that the child is under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7.  Post training, parents/guardians are able to take care of different kinds of opportunistic infections that are common among HIV positive children at home and are able to identify situations when the child needs a higher level of care. To date more than 450 caregivers have been trained.

Brief description of the Training Program

The following topics are covered in a typical training session:

1. Child health: Importance of visits to the clinic for young children, Nutrition and sanitation, Hygiene, and Medication, Communication and confidentiality.

2. Basic Facts about HIV/AIDS: Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT), Antiretroviral Therapy, Adherence.

3. Opportunistic infections and how to treat them at home: Diarrhea, Vomiting, Cough, Fever, Mouth, ear, nose, skin problems, Headaches, Abdominal pains, Tuberculosis

4. Review of danger signs and when to take the child to the clinic/hospital.

5. Psychosocial care and support

6. Signs and symptoms of breast/cervical cancer.

7. Legal help and where to get it.

8. Discussion on the environmental issues.

Measurable Outcomes of the Training

As a result of this training, the parent/guardian is able to:

1. Provide better care to the child in all aspects.

2. Able to share adequate information on HIV/AIDS and ARVs with the child.

3. Parents/caregivers are motivated to go in HIV testing.

4. They are better able to counsel the child.

5. They are able to identify danger signs and refer the child to the next level of care.

6. They are able to adhere to treatment and care hence reducing the number of clinic visits.

We would be happy to provide you with more information on training for grandmothers program. 

Thanks again for your support and encouragement.

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                 Heartwarming News from Power of Love's Pediatric HIV/AIDS care Program

Here is news that will make you dance with joy. In 2012, we had 11 children born in our Prevention Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Program. We are very excited as all 11 children were born HIV negative. This is remarkable as the new born babies have HIV+ mothers and siblings (who are in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program).  In fact of the 23 children born since we launched the PMTCT program, 22 have been born HIV negative. A picture of Ernest - born HIV negative in our PMTCT program- is given below. Ernest is the youngest of 6 siblings and we hope that he continues to maintain his negative status.

We strongly believe with proper intervention of PMTCT we can reduce/eliminate new pediatric HIV infections. As always, we appreciate your support as we could not have done this without you.

How does the PMTCT program work?

As of Jan 2013, we have 200 HIV positive children in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. In addition to providing food, medicines and weekly health check-ups from a health worker/Nurse, the caregivers are provided with voluntary testing and counseling (VCT) services. A record is kept of the status of caregivers and if a HIV positive caregiver becomes pregnant, she is enrolled in our PMTCT program. Given below are the basic steps we follow to maximize the chances of a child being born HIV negative:

1. The Project Nurse Counsels the pregnant women on the importance of preventing the un-born child from contracting HIV.

2. The pregnant lady is referred to the ante-natal clinic for further counseling and is accompanied to the clinic by our staff if necessary.

3. From the second trimester until they give birth, the women are visited regularly by our Nurse/health worker in their homes. Our Nurse and health care workers advise them on the importance of taking ARV's, and monitor their adherence to their ARV regimen. Closer to the expected date of delivery, we intensify our monitoring system. 

4. Once the baby is born, we encourage the caregiver to have the baby tested and adhere to the prophylaxis medication that the baby may be put on. We make sure that the baby is given the medication and is tested for HIV two times. If the baby tests HIV positive, she/he is automatically enrolled in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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Alka Subramanian
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