PROJECT #141

Project #141 | Healthcare for HIV+ Children in Zambia

Our partnership with Power of Love

Zambia, a peaceful country in Sub-Saharan Africa, has a high prevalence of HIV infection. Over 1 million children have been orphaned in Zambia, most due to HIV and AIDS. Many orphaned children live with grandmothers, aunts, or in child-headed households who have little or no source of income. Matero is one of the largest and poorest compounds in Lusaka, Zambia with a population of 250,000. Most residents live below the extreme poverty line (less than $2 per day), and the community has an employment rate that is nearly 60%. The community also has a high incidence of HIV, with 12% of adults testing positive. It is estimated that at least 5,000 children in Matero can benefit from pediatric HIV care services provided by Power of Love Foundation. 

ODW’s partnershup with the Power of Love Foundation provided life-saving health care services to 400 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Matero, Zambia. Children are provided food, medicine, regular health check-ups, psycho-social counseling, medication training, monitoring, and health education. Family members are provided training on basic hygiene and caring for an HIV+ child. In addition, the program counseled family members on getting tested for HIV and starting medication, both of which are critical to the prevention and spread of HIV. The high-quality of care provided through this program lead to improved child health, increased attendance and performance in school, and a healthier, self-reliant family, which has a long-lasting impact on the community. 

 

Our collective impact

Children and Caregivers Impacted

Children Receiving Health Check Ups

Caregivers Tested for HIV

Meet Norah

Norah is an eight-year old single orphan. Her father died of diarrhea as he was not taking medication. Her mother remarried and has two children younger than Norah. Norah is the only sibling in her family who is HIV positive. She is currently living with her grandmother who is also HIV positive. There are seven people in the household and can barely afford two meals per day. Norah’s aunts help her grandmother with caring for Norah. The whole family is grateful for the support provided in the form of food, medicines, regular health check-ups, counseling and education in HIV. Norah enrolled in Power of Love’s Pediatric HIV Care program in 2017 as she was suffering from diarrhea, cough and TB. Her health has improved significantly since enrollment. Her weight has increased from 48 lbs. to 55 lbs. and her immune system is stronger (viral load is undetectable). She is aware of her status and takes her medication on time. She is studying in grade 3 and loves school.  She also likes participating in weekly educational games and activities hosted by Power of Love.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our child health fund.

 

 

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