As a result of your generosity and support, we will be adding 50 HIV positive children to our pediatric HIV care program this month. The children have been identified and will be receiving food, medicine, and a package of life saving health care services until they turn eighteen. The package of healthcare services includes weekly health visits from our healthcare workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psychosocial counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, their caregivers (most of whom are single moms and grandmothers caring for multiple orphans) will undergo a five day training in caring for an HIV positive child.
Impact of this program
After the child has been in our program for a few months, the child improves in health (as measured by a gain in weight/CD4 counts) and has fewer missed days from school. In addition to improving the child’s health, the child’s family learns how to take better care of the child and other sick members in the family and understands the importance of keeping children in school. In addition, family members begin to come forward for testing for HIV, which is the first step in prevention of the disease. Finally, women on our program share their knowledge about caring for an HIV+ child with others and become role models in the community