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.