Health
 Zambia
Project #6672

Health Care for 50 HIV positive children in Zambia

by Power of Love Foundation
Vetted

Father’s day is June 19! This Father’s Day, celebrate fathers everywhere by giving a gift of health to an HIV+ child in Zambia. Your donation will help provide food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to HIV+ children from an impoverished community in Zambia. In addition, family members of the children will be trained in HIV care and prevention.

Today, we would like you to meet two children who are enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program. Since joining Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program, the health of these children has stabilized, they are able to attend school, and are living close to normal lives. 

Gwen (name changed) is 15 years old. She lives with her parents who are both HIV+, six siblings, and three others. She and three of her siblings are enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program. She was tested for HIV in 2002 as she was not gaining weight and suffered from frequent chest infections. Gwen and her mom joined our program due to her poor health. Once in our program, Gwen started ARV medication and treatment. Since then her health is stable and she is gaining weight. As a result of her receiving psycho-social counseling and training in adherence to medication, she adheres well to medication and goes for clinic appointments on her own. She likes school and is studying in grade seven.

George (name changed) was born in 2006 and lives with his grandmother as his parents are divorced. He was sick since he was a few months old and was treated at the hospital. In 2011, he was severely malnourished and suffering from pneumonia. George joined our pediatric HIV care program, was treated for pneumonia and other chest infections at the hospital and tested positive for HIV (his parents are HIV+). A few years, back he started ARV medication as his health was not improving. Since then his health has stabilized and he has not had a major illness. He attends school and loves playing with his friends.

To Sum: At this time, we have 300 HIV+ children like Gwen and George, under our care. All children receive food, medicines and package of life saving health care services. In addition, children who are malnourished receive a high protein soya supplement.  After a few months on the program, most children start gaining weight, show an improvement in health, start attending school regularly, and participate in games and activities with their peers.  

Thanks for your caring and support. 

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Happy Mother’s Day! This Mother’s Day help a Mom/Grandma keep her children/grandchildren healthy.

You will be happy to know as a result of your generosity and caring, we were able to add 50 children to our pediatric HIV care program last March. We now have 300 children under our care! Each of these 300 children receive food, medicines, and a package of life-saving healthcare services until they turn 18 years old. In addition, each child will have a personalized health plan for 2016. The 50 new children just completed a comprehensive health check-up last month. We are confident that over the next few months the new children will improve in health as measured by a sustained increase in weight and CD4 counts, so that they are able to attend school regularly.   

Children enrolled in November 2015: Last November, 15 children who were in very poor health were added to our pediatric HIV care program. Since then these children have been receiving food, medicines, weekly health visits from community health workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psycho-social counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, family members (most are single moms and many are grandmothers caring for multiple orphans) were trained in HIV care and training. As a result of this quality care, the health of all 15 children has stabilized, and they are able to attend school.  

Thanks for your caring and support. 

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Expanding our Pediatric HIV care program: You will be happy to know that as a result of your generosity and support, we added 50 HIV positive children to our pediatric HIV care program this month. The children will be receiving food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services till they turn 18 years of age. The package of health care services includes weekly health visits from community health workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psycho-social counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, primary caregivers (most are single moms and many are grandmothers caring for multiple orphans) will be undergo a five day training in caring for an HIV positive child.

Impact of this program:  Once the child has been under our care for 4-5 months, the child stabilizes in health; this is indicated by a reduced frequency and intensity of opportunistic infections. In subsequent months, the child improves in health; this is indicated by a sustained gain in weight, and higher CD4 counts. As the children stabilize and improve in health, they miss fewer days of school and perform better at school. In addition, the child’s caregiver has better understanding of HIV, the importance of keeping children in school, and in caring for HIV+ children, and other sick members in the family. As knowledge about HIV care and prevention improves, family members begin to come forward for testing for HIV, which is the first step in prevention of this disease. Finally, trained caregivers share their knowledge about HIV care and prevention with others in the community

Training to Caregivers:  Caregivers of children are provided with a five day training in HIV care, and prevention. The goal of this training is to equip family member in basic nursing skills and psychosocial counseling so that the child is under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7.  Post training, family members are able to take better care of different kinds of opportunistic infections common among HIV+ children at home and are able to escalate care to the next level. As a result, most children stabilize and improve in health (measured by fewer opportunistic infections, gain in weight, higher CD4 counts), once they have been on our program for 4-5 months. 

Profile of the New Children: The new children range in age from two to sixteen years with a majority of them in the age range from 6-12 years and most between 2-16 years. Since most of the children are of school going age, our goal is to ensure that children attend school and also educate caregivers on the importance of keeping children in school. Our goal is for these children to stay heathy and graduate middle, and high school.

To Sum: With the addition of 50 children, we will have a total of 300 HIV+ children that receive food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services. We are confident that these children will show a marked improvement in health in the coming months, attend school and live close to normal lives.

Thanks for your gift and health to children in Zambia.

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The Power of Love team would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and express thanks for your caring, encouragement, and support throughout the year. Your support has given the gift of health and well-being to several hundred HIV+ children and their families in Zambia. Some of our key accomplishments over the last few years are:

1. Survival rate of 98% for HIV+ infants over a 10-year period

2. Zero new HIV infections: 97% of live births to HIV+ mothers are HIV-free.

3. Incidence of malaria co-infection reduced by 98%.

Plans for 2016: We are planning to add 50 HIV+ children to our pediatric HIV care program, bringing the total number of children to 300. The 50 new children (and the 250 children currently on the program) will receive food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services. In addition, primary caregivers of each child will receive training in caring for an HIV+ child so that the child is under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7. As a result of this continuous quality care, all children show an improvement in health so that they can attend school and live close to normal lives.      

We would not have reached our goals without you. Please take a moment and treat yourself to this short video in which our children are singing and playing a popular Zambian game called "Chiligogogogo chili paliwe". We are confident that this video will brighten your day. 

Have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and laughter!

Thank you!

                  

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The Power of Love team would like to thank you for your continued support for our pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. Your support and caring has gone a long way in improving the lives of several hundred children and families infected/impacted by HIV, AIDS and malaria. This program is located in the community of Matero - one of the largest and poorest in Lusaka, Zambia. In addition, Matero is characterized with a high incidence of HIV, AIDS, and malaria, and unemployment rates upwards of 60%. Since most residents are poor and live on less than a dollar a day, they are unable to pay for basic health care services for their HIV+ children and can benefit from this program.

With your generous support, we were able to expand our pediatric HIV care program by adding 50 HIV+ children in February 2015. This brings the total number of children in our program to 250. Each of these 250 children receives food, medicines, and a package of life-saving health care services. The package of services includes weekly home visits from community health workers, monthly visits from the Project Nurse, psychosocial counseling, education on prevention of HIV, and adherence to medication monitoring and training. In addition, we provide ongoing training in caring for an HIV+ child to caregivers (most are grandmothers caring for multiple children). As a result, most children improve in health and enjoy a better quality of life.

Impact

Since 2004, more than 600 HIV+ children have benefitted directly and an additional 1600 children and family members are indirect beneficiaries as trained family members are able to take better care of all children at home and share their knowledge with others in the community. It has been our experience that after a few months on our program the children improve in health and are able to go back to school. 

Given below are a few measures of the impact of this program over the last year or so.

  • Health: Over the last year, the diet and nutrition of all children has improved leading to increased weight, fewer infections, and higher CD4 counts (which is good as it can delay the start of antiretroviral medication). In the first nine months 2015, 44 children showed an increase in weight and 17 children showed an improvement in CD4 counts; only three children had lower CD4 counts and four children lost weight. Also, we have seen a marked decline in the number, intensity and frequency of opportunistic infections.  
  • Education: Older children and caregivers have a better understanding of HIV prevention and care. In addition, trained caregivers share their knowledge with others leading to a more informed community.
  • Reduction in Stigma: As a result of better information about HIV, and improved health of the children there is a reduction in the stigma associated with HIV.
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program: Over the last four years, 100% of new born babies were HIV free even though their moms and siblings are HIV positive. Since inception of this PMTCT component 31 children out of a total of 32 were born HIV free.   
  • Adherence to Medication and Clinic Visits: Older children who are aware of their HIV+ status received training in adherence to medication. As of September 2015, there was 100% compliance to medications.
  • Schooling: All children who are eligible for school are attending school. An improvement in health due to better nutrition and continuous medical care has led to a higher school attendance and performance. We are proud as 90% of the children who wrote grade seven exams (this exam determines eligibility for middle school) passed.
  • Screening for Cancer/HIV: All caregivers are tested for HIV and provided with counseling. Out of a total of 218 caregivers, 190 were tested and 159 tested positive for HIV. HIV positive caregivers were provided with counseling.
  • Malaria Prevention: As a result of provision of bed nets and education on prevention of malaria, the incidence of malaria has decreased.

Overall, our pediatric HIV care program benefits 250 HIV+ children directly, and an additional 1600 children and family members indirectly as our trained caregivers share their learning with others in the community. We believe that provision of continuous quality health care to the children, and training and support to their care givers, has resulted in better health and attendance at school. Finally, the residents of Matero have come to rely on our much needed health care services and we have become an integral part of this community.

Next Steps: Our focus for 2015 and beyond continues to be the provision of a quality health care and training in HIV prevention to the children and families, business training and micro loans to women, and mosquito bed nets and education on prevention of malaria to the community. The ripple effects of this comprehensive approach are huge and long lasting for the community.

Please donate generously to help HIV positive children continue to play, attend school, and live healthy lives. And as always, 100% of your donations go towards programs and no part is used for overheads.

Thanks for your gift of health.

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Power of Love Foundation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.poweroflove.org
Project Leader:
Alka Subramanian
Founder/Director
San Diego, CA Zambia
$7,111 raised of $10,000 goal
 
101 donations
$2,889 to go
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