Update on Power of Love's Health Care for Children
By Alka Subramanian - Executive Director
The Power of Love team would like to thank donors for supporting Power of Love Foundations’ pediatric AIDS care program (Arms Reach Care program) in Zambia. With your support we have been able to provide food, medicines, and essential life-saving health services to 148 HIV positive children in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. The package of services provided to children 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 in HIV/AIDS care to caregivers (most of them are grandmothers) of the children.
Given below is a picture of Billiat, just one of the many children who are enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric AIDS care program in Zambia.
Billiat Phiri is four years old and lost both his parents in the past two years. He is living with this grandfather who is taking care of 11 other orphans. There is a shortage of food in his house as his grandfather sells vegetables for a living which does not bring in enough money for the whole family. Billiat enrolled in Power of Love’s program in 2008, and tested positive for HIV. Prior to enrollment in POL’s program, he suffered from chronic diarrhea and cough. At this time Billiat is responding well to treatment, his health is stable and he will start school next year.
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