Yuting and Junhao
Hello PATS Supporters,
Happy Fall! We have many updates on our progress to share. The PATS newsletter is here, and below is an excerpt highlighting two PATS kids worthy of your support. The 2011 annual report has also just beem released, and you can view the Powerpoint presentation it here: 2011 Annual Report
Also, October 17th is the LAST Bonus Day of the year. GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30% up to $1,000 per donor, per project. We have $50,000 available in matching funds. Matching will begin at 12:01 am EDT and last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm EDT. If you've been thinking about supporting PATS this year but haven't done so yet, please consider donating through GlobalGiving on October 17th!
During PATS’ July visit to China we welcomed two new children to the program, ten year old Yuting and her six-year-old brother Junhao. Yuting and Junhao live with their mother, father and middle sister in a very poor village that is inaccessible by car. Yuting, Junhao and their mother were all diagnosed with HIV in 2010, although they were most likely infected many years earlier. Despite the challenges associated with the disease and the stigma that accompanies it, the family seems to be very loving and supportive of one another. The mother in particular is incredibly attentive and thankfully, the family is careful not to confuse the adult and pediatric formulations of their ARV medication (medication confusion is a common problem faced by many PATS families). While Junhao is not yet on ARVs, both Yuting and her mother are and have surprisingly good adherence considering they have had little exposure to health services prior to PATS’ involvement. In this situation, the guidance and assistance of the PATS community health workers will be especially critical. During the first visit with this new PATS family, we learned that Yuting and Junhao are not eating very well and the family does not have the means to buy special food to appeal to their children’s picky tastes. As proper nutrition is vitally important to the hea lth of HIV-positive children, PATS will also be providing the family with pediatric multivitamins in addition to the standard nutritional stipend. The PATS team is looking forward to caring for and learning more about Yuting and Junhao. To help PATS in our endeavor to help these children, please consider sponsoring Yuting or Junhao.
See the rest of the newsletter here: October Newsletter