Expert Patient Programme

Expert Patient Programme (EPP)

goal and outcomes

Coming to a close in early 2017, the program has achieved its objectives of improving access to, and quality of treatment and care for 15,000 HIV-positive infants, children and adolescents in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In 2014, approximately one-third (32%) of the world’s 2.6 million children living with HIV received antiretroviral therapy (ART). Coverage has been especially low in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 90% of the global paediatric HIV population. Infants, children and young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) require specialised support from healthcare providers and communities to undertake treatment and stay in care. It is important to seek innovative ways to expand such services to improve paediatric ART access and ensure that quality care is delivered in a sustainable and holistic manner for infants, children and young people living with HIV.

Together with the One to One Children’s Fund, we have partnered with 16 health facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia to implement the Expert Patient Programme. Since 2014, the EPP has supported 62 community health workers across 16 health facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Increased range of services offered to HIV+ infants, children and adolescents

• Since 2014, all facilities have added one or more additional = child- or adolescent- friendly service

• 75% of facilities in Zambia and 62% in Zimbabwe have added more than five dedicated children or adolescent services in during the project period

Increased capacity of peer supporters to support clinics in the care and treatment of HIV+ infants, children and adolescents

• Partnerships were created with local NGO implementing partners in Zimbabwe and Zambia

• Capacity-building and support was provided to 16 heath providers62 Peer Supporters (30 in Zimbabwe and 32 in Zambia)

• A Simple Toolkit for Commu

• nity Health Workers and Peer Supporters was developed

• Supervisors (16) and Peer Supporters (62) received training and access to a multi-country Whatsapp Community of Practice, monthly telephonic check-ins, an online resource hub and occasional site visits

• Peer Supporter training was provided and centred on improving treatment literacy, adherence counselling, disclosure and psychosocial support, as well as self-care

• Supervisor training focused on the effective integration and support of Peer Supporters

Lessons from the Peer Supporter programme used to influence Departments of Health in Zimbabwe and Zambia

• Peer Support has been widely acknowledged as an effective methodology and has been integrated in various forms through the Ministries of Health and Social Development in Zambia and Zimbabwe

• Production and dissemination of Promising Practice and Policy Brief documents have shared key lessons from the EPP

• Data from the EPP has informed the World Health Organization’s consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection among adolescents

COVID-19 Messages of Support:

Heleen Soeters

Not all heroes wear capes. Thank you to all the health providers working on the frontline of this pandemic. You are an inspiration to us all. Your courage and selflessness is an inspiration to us all.

Heleen Soeters

Linda Ndlovu

To our dear frontline health providers: We appreciate your continued dedication and strength. Thank you for putting your best foot forward despite the challenges you may be faced with during this difficult time-not only in your own countries, but the world at large. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Be safe.

Linda Ndlovu

Gillian Makota

Thinking of you our dear Frontline health providers during this COVID -19 crisis. You have our support and heartfelt appreciation. Sending love and virtual hugs to you all.

Gillian Makota

Tammy Sutherns Burdock

Frontline health providers, we salute you during this challenging time. Thank you for being on the frontlines as the first line of defence against COVID-19, putting your own healthcare at risk. We are wishing you all good health and strength during this time.

Tammy Sutherns Burdock

A massive thank you to

A massive thank you to the healthcare professionals around the world placing themselves at massive risk for the lives of others, I don’t think health care workers will ever be looked at the same way again after this crisis! Thank you!

Andrew Burdock

Thank you so very much

Thank you so very much for all that you do. I am standing beside you all of the way.

Corinna Csaky

Dear Frontline health care providers

Dear Frontline health care providers thank you for having the interest of us, making us your priority, risking your lives just to save us during this very challenging times (COVID-19).
We appreciate and love you 💚🙏🏿



Dear healthcare providers,Thank you for

Dear healthcare providers,
Thank you for being so selfless and courageous in serving humanity. You are the heroes of this generation.

Margail Brown

We celebrate you all,our thoughts

We celebrate you all,our thoughts and prayers are with you as you lead the charge from the front. Asante!


Your love towards mankind is

Your love towards mankind is priceless. I personally thank you so much our dear Health Workers from the deepest deep of my heart. Your sacrifice has surpassed the expected love that one has for another. We love you so much! Stay safe!

Blessings Banda

To frontline health providers:Life is

To frontline health providers:Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans to serve lives we recognise your hard work during this COVID19 pandemic.

It is not how much you do – it is how much love you put into doing it.

Phakamani Moyo

To all those wonderful frontline

To all those wonderful frontline healthworkers who are risking their own health to help others, you are the unsung heroes and we are truly grateful for you dedication

Linda Whitby

I thank you for the

I thank you for the bravery of helping the world in the fight against COVID-19. For that I say thank you all those that are on the frontline – we will continue praying for everyone of you God be with you all.

Cephas Nkandu

Thank you for not staying

Thank you for not staying at home to keep us safe.

We will stay at home and keep safe to show our appreciation.

May you always be blessed .

Ketina Chikwanda

A BIG thank you to

A BIG thank you to all health workers and frontline staff for your support during this pandemic. May God bless you abundantly.

Natsayi Kunene

COVID 2019 came as a

COVID-19 came as a surprise globally but if we put our heads together we can control it. COVID-19 is real let’s stay at home!

Spiwe Gumbo

Thank you for the incredible

Thank you for the incredible work you are all doing to support young people during this difficult time. Stay well.


You have been our heroes

You have been our heroes and you have been supporting us
You deserve to be honoured
Words cannot express how much we adore you
Thank you health care providers

Grace Ngulube

You have inspired us in

You have inspired us in these trying times. Indeed you are a blessing to humanity.

Kenan Ngambi

No words sisters and brothers

No words sisters and brothers can describe how grateful I personally am for your care, skills and for putting other people ahead of your own health and safety. May God bless you and your families infinitely. You keep us alive and going. You’re our heroes!!

Georgina Caswell

We really need support to

We really need support to our adolescents in this hard times. With the impact of the coronavirus, more services are being suspended including Viral Load and Teen Club sessions, however we need them to live positively during these hard times and we should give them all the support. We need them to get COVID-19 health services as soon as possible. We need them to have continued and fair service delivery of their ART. We need them to not default in their treatment. We need them receive enough SUPPORT.

Charles k Phiri

People who are affected by

People who are affected by COVID-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness. It is normal to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. However, remember time heals everything. We have COVID-19 today but we will not have it forever. Be positive but most importantly, Stay healthy, Stay Safe.

Mark Francis Chalamanda

Thank you! Asante! Merci! Obrigado!

Thank you! Asante! Merci! Obrigado! Shukran! Grazie! Enkosi! Ngiyabonga! to all our amazing health care workers and everyone else that is on the front line! Thank you for your humanity and putting us all before yourselves.

Saima Jiwan