This project will provide food, medicine, and a package of life saving health care services to 50 HIV+ children, and training in caring for an HIV+ child to caregivers. The package of health care services includes weekly health check-ups, psycho social counseling, education on prevention of HIV, training in adherence to medication, and monitoring of adherence to medication. The high quality of continuous care leads to an improvement in the child's health so that he/she can attend schoo
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Zambia over 1 million children have been orphaned - most of them due to HIV/AIDS. Since 70% of the population earns less than $1 per day, it is hard for the community to care for their orphans. Children as young as 10-13 years old are heading households and caring for younger siblings. This project will strengthen the community by (i) training women in caring for an HIV+ child, and (ii) by providing food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to the HIV+ child's family.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will provide food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care service to 50 HIV+ children for one year. The package includes, weekly health checkups, psycho social counseling, training to caregivers in caring for an HIV+ child, education on prevention of HIV, adherence training and monitoring for older children. This high quality continuous care leads to an improvement in the children's health so that they can be back in school and has huge ripple effects in the community.
Potential Long Term Impact
We see an improvement in the health of the children via higher/stable weight, less malnutrition, and improved CD4 counts, an increase in school attendance, an increase in the number of women going in for voluntary testing and counseling, and an increased knowledge of prevention of HIV/AIDS. An increase in numbers of people getting tested and starting ARV medication leads to a reduction in the spread of HIV, and stigma & discrimination associated with this disease. Quality of life is much better.
Total Funding Received to Date: £4,492
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £1,585
Total Funding Goal: £6,077