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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
Precious
Precious

A Conversation with one of the girls in our "Health Care for 200 HIV Positive Children in Zambia" Program

We would like to wish our friends and supporters a Very Happy and Peaceful New Year. With encouragement and support from you, 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.

In the fall of 2012, our Nurse had the following conversation with one of the girls in our program. This conversation took place between our Nurse and Precious after she was was informed by her mom about her HIV positive status. Precious is 13 years old and would like to become a Nurse.  

Nurse (N): How did you feel when you came to know of your HIV positive status?

Precious (P): Nothing, because at school we learn about HIV/AIDS. I accepted my status because even my mother has HIV. 

N: Apart from your mother, who else knows or who have you told about your HIV status?  

P: My uncle and Aunt know that I have HIV but I don’t know if my father knows because my parents are divorced.

N: Do you go to school?  

P: Yes. 

N: Tell me more about school 

P: I am in grade 6 at Tukiya Private School, although I could have been in grade 8. I had TB and this caused me to stay out of school for one year. 

N: What time do you take your ARVs?

P: I take them at 7 in the morning and 7 in the evening.

N: Have you ever missed any medication from the time you started?

P: No, I have an alarm clock.

N: Let’s talk more about school. What subjects do you like most?

P: English, Creative and technology Studies, Social and development studies, Science and Mathematics.

N: Did you pass last term?

P: I have not yet collected my results; we will collect them next week on Friday. I want to become a Nurse and I will bring my results at your office.

N: Is there anything that you would like me to know?

P: Nothing, except that I am very happy that you visit me and you come any time.

P: Is there anything that you would like us to do for you?

N: No, you are doing enough. You visit me every week, and last week you gave my mother mealie meal and beans. I think this is too much.

N: I am very happy to know that you take medication on your own, and that you have not missed any medication. Please continue to do so and I will see you on Saturday at the Safe Park program. Thank you

Precious is enrolled in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program that provides food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care services to 200 HIV positive children. The package of health care services includes weekly health check-ups from Community Health worker/Nurse, psychosocial counseling, adherence monitoring and training, and education in prevention of HIV for older children. In addition, we provide ongoing training to family members (most are grandmothers) in caring for an HIV positive child. This program benefits 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1100 children indirectly as family members trained in HIV/AIDS care become role models for others in the community. To date, over 450 women have been trained. Also, in the last seven years, we have had 323 children go through our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program but lost eleven children to AIDS. Statistically, we could have lost 50 children or more as life expectancy of an HIV positive child is just five years at birth. More importantly most of the children are back in school. To read more click here.

Cost of this program: It costs approximately 0.75 cents per day per child or about $55,000 per year to provide food, medicines and the package of life saving healthcare services to all 200 HIV positive children. We will be happy to provide an itemized break up of costs upon request. At present, out of the 200 children, 126 children are on ARV medication and our program provides them with much needed continuous care. As a result of this continuous quality care:

(i)  all children (except two), have either maintained or gained weight since January 2012. A stable or increased weight is an indication of stable health and is remarkable given the HIV positive status of the children and especially so since 63% are on ARV's.   

(ii) We provide adherence training and monitoring for older children who are aware of their status. At this time, all children who are aware of their status are adhering well to their ARV regimen.

(iii) As a result of better nutrition and health, all children eligible for school are in school and learning.

To sum: This program has increased survival rates, reduced malnutrition, and lowered the frequency of opportunistic infections, leading to systemic and long term improvement in health and attendance for the children.   

Funding Requirements for 2013

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to:

1. Provide food, medicines, and a package life-saving health care services to all 200 children in our program,

2. Train an additional 100 caregivers/grandmothers in caring for an HIV positive child.

3. Test caregivers of the children in our program for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening.

4. Continue the HIV “testing and prevention” program for caregivers so that our model continues to be comprehensive with elements of prevention, treatment, care for HIV.

5. Continue to provide school expenses for children whose parents need this support.

6. Continue the “Safe Parks” developmental program.

Please donate generously to this program so that all 200 children can continue to lead healthy and close to normal lives, and be back in school and learning. Thanks.

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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 lern more click here.

Our Philosophy behind the pediatric HIV/AIDS care Program: We believe that the home environment is the best for a child's normal development and that with the right training "everyone can be a caregiver" for an HIV positive child. Many health care services needed by an HIV positive child can be provided at home by a trained family member supported by a trained health care assistant/ nurse at a much lower cost than in an institution. Accordingly, after enrolling an HIV positive child, we train family members in caring for him/her so that the child is under the care of a trained person 24/7. This leads to a better understanding and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the community. The ripple effect of this approach is huge and long lasting for the community.

In addition, we strongly believe that in a resource constrained environment, our services should be complementary and not competitive to those provided by the government clinics, with the common goal of improving the quality of life and health of children in the community. As a result, we work closely with the government clinics in Zambia to maximize the impact of each dollar of funds.

Our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program provides food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care services to 200 HIV positive children. The package of health care services includes weekly health check-ups from Community Health worker/Nurse, psychosocial counseling, adherence monitoring and training, and education in prevention of HIV for older children. In addition, we provide ongoing training to family members (most are grandmothers) in caring for an HIV positive child. This program benefits 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1100 children indirectly as family members trained in HIV/AIDS care become role models for others in the community. To date, over 450 women have been trained. Also, in the last seven years, we have had 323 children go through our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program but lost eleven children to AIDS. Statistically, we could have lost 50 children or more as life expectancy of an HIV positive child is just five years at birth. More importantly most of the children are back in school. To read more click here.

At present, out of the the 200 children,126 children are on ARV medication and our program provides them with much needed continuous care. As a result of this continuous quality care:

(i)  all children (except two), have either maintained or gained weight since January 2012. A stable or increased weight is an indication of stable health and is remarkable given the HIV positive status of the children and especially so since 63% are on ARV's.   

(ii) We provide adherence training and monitoring for older children who are aware of their status. At this time, all children who are aware of their status are adhering well to their ARV regimen.

(iii) As a result of better nutrition and health, all children eligible for school are in school and learning.

To sum: This program has increased survival rates, reduced malnutrition, and lowered the frequency of opportunistic infections, leading to systemic and long term improvement in health and attendance for the children.   

Cost of this program: It costs about 0.75 cents per day per child or about $55,000 per year to provide food, medicines and the package of life saving health care services to all 200 HIV positive children. We will be happy to provide an itemized break up of costs upon request.

Funding Requirements for 2012/2013

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to:

1. Provide food, medicines, and a package life-saving health care services to all 200 children in our program,

2. Train an additional 100 caregivers/grandmothers in caring for an HIV positive child.

3. Test caregivers of the children in our program for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening.

4. Continue the HIV “testing and prevention” program for caregivers so that our model continues to be comprehensive with elements of prevention, treatment, care for HIV.

5. Continue to provide school expenses for children whose parents need this support.

Please donate generously to this program so that all 200 children can continue to lead healthy and close to normal lives, and be back in school and learning.

Thanks.

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Our work with HIV positive children in Zambia is possible due to support from donors like you. We would like to say a big Thank You to you for enabling us to provide food, medicines, and a package of life-saving health care services to HIV positive children in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. The package of health care services includes weekly health check-ups from community health workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psychosocial counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, we provide ongoing training to caregivers of children in caring for their HIV positive child.

You will be happy to know that as a result of your continued support we added 50 children last month to bring the total number of children to 200. All new children have been tested for HIV, and are being treated for opportunistic infections. Also, caregivers of the new children will be trained in caring for a HIV positive child later this month.

 

A Few Highlights of this Program

1. In 2011, we launched a program called "Safe Parks" to address the emotional, mental, and spiritual health challenges faced by children living in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia This innovative tool was added to provide a complete package of health care services to the children in our program and this tool provides an opportunity for safe play and facilitates psycho-social support, activities, discussions, and learning. "Safe Parks" is open to all children in the community, and benefits a child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. Since, its inception 560 children from the community have participated in the program and an average of 90 children benefit from this program every week. Encouraged by the success of this program, we are planning on establishing additional “Safe Parks” in the community and some of these may be mobile “Safe Parks”.

2. All children (except one) have maintained/increased their weight which is a good indicator of their improved health and overall stability in health.

3. In our ante-natal care program, out of a total of 12 children born to HIV positive women, 11 were born HIV negative. 

Funding Requirements for 2012/2013

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to:

1. Provide food, medicines, and a package life-saving health care services to all children in our program,

2. Train an additional 100 caregivers/grandmothers in caring for an HIV positive child.

3. Test caregivers of the children in our program for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening.

4. Continue the HIV “testing and prevention” program for caregivers of the children so that our model continues to be comprehensive with elements of prevention, treatment, care, and economic empowerment.

5. Continue to provide school expenses for children whose parents need this support.

6. Continue the “Safe Parks” developmental program

Please donate generously to this program so that all 200 children in this program can continue to lead healthy and close to normal lives, and be back in school and learning.

Thanks.

 


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The Power of Love team is excited to share with you a new and innovative project that we have been working on for the last few months. In 2011, we added a new element called "Safe Parks" to our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. "Safe Parks" was introduced to address the emotional, mental, and spiritual health challenges faced by children living in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. This innovative tool provides an opportunity for safe play and
facilitates psycho-social support, activities, discussions, and learning. The program is open to all children in the community, and benefits a child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. As of last July our staff
has been playing games with children and assisting them with school work for about 2-3 hours on Saturday afternoons. Initially, 30 children joined the program, but the number has increased to 75 children and some of them are accompanied by their families. We are thrilled to see the number of children grow each week and also the increased involvement of the families of the children.  

As a result of “Safe Parks” our project Nurse has been able to: (i) observe the children’s behavior or as they play and understand the child’s home/school environment (e.g. stress, trauma, apathy, sexual or abuse), and intellectual
capabilities, (ii) use games and activities to identify psycho-social needs of the children through
behavior assessment and provide support and follow-ups, (iii) strengthen child/adult relations and develop
trust, (iv) counsel the caregiver of the child so as to stimulate the mental and physical development of the child. In addition, this program keeps children off the streets (where they can be abused or get into trouble) for a few hours on weekends and has led to an improvement in performance at school as help with homework is provided and games keep children happy. This program is supported by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS care Foundation which provided training for our staff and tools (balls, swing sets, pencils, chairs for children, coloring books,
and water colors) for the children. 

This new addition to our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program is making a positive impact on the mental and physical well being of the children, helping them learn and stay in school and in helping them to live close to normal lives.

We appreciate your support for this project and request your continued support. Each little bit helps.

Thanks.

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Update on Power of Love's Project "Health Care for HIV Positive Children in Zambia"

We kicked off the New Year with a special present for one of the children in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. Gift, a delicate and sweet six-year old, is HIV positive and has Cerebral Palsy. We were able to provide Gift with a custom-built chair that will allow her to be more mobile. Gift is largely unresponsive and requires continuous care, which Power of Love has been able to provide in the form of nutritional and medical support. Now, with her custom-built chair and standing frame, she will be more comfortable and independent. Gift has been a joy to have in the program, and her mother and POL family care for her deeply. We sincerely hope this addition to their home will allow her to develop and overcome some of the limitations of her condition. All of our work with HIV positive children is possible due to support from donors like you and we would like to thank you for enabling us to help children like Gift and the other 147 children in Power of Love Foundations’ pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia.

Achievements of Power of Love's Pediatric HIV/AIDS care Program in 2011

1. We introduced a weekly developmental program for children in the community and in our pediatric AIDS care program. In this program called “Say and Play” children engage in organized games. The goal of this program is for children to have fun, for the Project Nurse to assess their mental and physical growth, and to keep the children off the streets especially during weekends. As a part of this program children are provided with help with their homework ((follow ups are being done at school and in the children’s homes) and as a result most children have improved their school performance. Second, a few family members have started accompanying their children and this has strengthened relationships at home. Third, the local community is benefitting from this program as children from the community have started attending the weekly program. We would like to thank the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation for training our staff in “Say and Play” activities and donating equipment such as educational DVD’s, balls, paper, crayons, and chairs for children.  

2. We added 15 children to our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in January 2011. In 2011, all children (except 3) in this program improved in health (in terms of fewer opportunistic infection, weight gain, and improved CD4 counts). 

3. In our ante-natal program, out of the 12 babies born to date 11 tested negative for HIV.  

4. All school age children in our program are in school as we continue to provide funds for school expenses (tuition, books, shoes and uniforms) to caregivers of children who need this support. 

4. We continue to provide food, medicines, and a package of life-saving health care services to 148 HIV positive children in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. The package of services includes weekly health check-ups from Community Health workers, monthly visits from the Project Nurse, psychosocial counseling, and education in HIV prevention and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, we provide ongoing training to caregivers in HIV/AIDS care.

To sum, to date over 1100 children have benefitted directly or indirectly, from this program over the last 7 years.

Funding Requirements for 2012

At this time, we are raising funds to continue to:

1. Provide food, medicines, and a package life-saving health care services to all children in our program,

2. Train an additional 100 caregivers/grandmothers in HIV/AIDS care,

3. Ensure that all caregivers continue to be tested for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening, 4. Continue the HIV “testing and prevention” program for the caregivers of the children so that our model is comprehensive model (with prevention, treatment, care, and economic empowerment),

5. Continue to provide school expenses for children whose parents need this support, and

6. Continue the “Say and Play” developmental program for children in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program and in the community.

Please donate generously to this program so that we can improve the health of HIV positive children, the children can be back in school and learning, and live close to normal lives.

Thanks.

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