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"We often think that we're a drop in the ocean, but coming here (to the PATA conference) makes you realize that, as a group we are successful, and that we are achieving something. These people here are all motivated, they are the vehicle for accelerating action at a country level to make every child with HIV count. This conference creates the vision and opportunity for people to stand together. Previously, paediatric AIDS treatment has been a missing feature in the HIV treatment response."
Dr Shaffiq Essajee, Chief Clinical Operations Officer and Senior Advisor in Paediatrics to the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS initiative, at the 1st PATA Conference in Cape Town, 2005.
PATA has grown from the 2005 conference in Cape Town in response to a request from front-line paediatric treatment teams for a support and communications network. PATA now has a membership of treatment teams from 23 sub-Saharan African countries.
At the recent 2010 PATA regional forum Dr Essajee remarked:
"As I look around the room today I am reminded of the very first PATA forum I attended in Capetown. The year was 2005, and David Altschuler and Dr. Paul Roux, the co-founders of PATA brought together a small group of likeminded people to share their vision. A vision in which children living with HIV all over Africa would not have to suffer in silence and die anonymous, uncounted deaths. A world where treatment was available to all African children in need. Five years on and the organization has grown enormously... We have regionalized our operations to replicate the model of the PATA forum in East, West and Southern Africa and bring together nurses and nutritionists, doctors and counsellors from over 120 clinics across the Continent. PATA's ripple effect began in South Africa, but its now become a tidal wave that stretches from Cote d'Ivoire to Mozambique. That's an incredible accomplishment!"
Dr Shaffiq Essajee, Kampala, 2010.
Expanding access to care for children infected by HIV and their families throughout the African continent.
For HIV-infected and affected children in Africa to access high quality, comprehensive services including ART by 2015.
lies within compassionate and committed mulidisciplinary treatment teams.
Please click on the following link to access documents and presentations on how best to disclose HIV status to children which were kindly provided to us by Medecins Sans Frontieres.
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