Project #97 | HIV Care for Children in Zambia
Our partnership with Power of Love
Matero, one of the largest and poorest compounds in Lusaka, Zambia, has a population of 275,000 to 300,000 and is characterized by a high incidence of HIV (prevalence rate of 12% among adults aged 15-49), and unemployment rates upward of 60%. Most residents live on less than a $2 per day – defined as extreme poverty by the UN. There are 1.4 million orphans in a population of just 14 million in Zambia. Most orphans are cared for and live in households headed by an older sibling or a grandmother. Further, most caregivers are single moms/grandmothers caring for multiple orphaned children/grandchildren, a financial hardship exacerbated by the burden of HIV and other diseases. Power of Love’s vision is to strengthen communities by preventing new HIV infections, and reducing the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on families.
Our second partnership with Power of Love Foundation supported their comprehensive pediatric care program for HIV positive children living in Lusaka, Zambia. This program provided 250 children residing in the Matero compound with weekly health check-ups, psycho-social counseling, and education on HIV prevention. The goal was to equip families with the right tools to take care of their children’s health. With better knowledge about HIV, community residents could take steps to prevent new HIV infections and the spread of HIV. A continued prevention of new HIV infections has led to a lower incidence of HIV, reduced stigma, more people coming forward for testing, and higher school attendance and performance.
Our collective impact
Health Workers Trained
Anna Matale is 13 years old. Before Anna joined our program, she was suffering from fever, diarrhea and Tuberculosis. Since enrollment, Anna has been receiving food, medicines, weekly health check-ups, psychosocial counseling, education in HIV prevention, and monitoring and training in adherence to medication. In addition, her family received training in HIV care and prevention. Anna is much better now and has no health complaints. Since her health has improved, she has started interacting better with her family, and peers and maintains better hygiene. Her family appreciates the food and medical support provided. She goes for clinic appointments to collect medicine on her own and is visited by our Nurse once a month. She is an excellent student, studying in grade 6 and would like to become a Nurse. In December 2017, she was ranked second in her class of 40 students. Anna is attends “Safe Park” regularly and participates with enthusiasm in all activities. Her caregiver is enrolled in our micro loans program.
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 children’s health fund.