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Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda co-hosted a local PATA forum from 7-9 August 2011. It brought together multi-sectoral teams from 12 organisations in the area to assist the teams in developing skills in communicating with caregivers and children as well as improve linkages between local partners. Click here to read more and download the presentations.
The PATA local forum co-hosted by Small Projects foundation and funded by 25:40 and One to One Children's fund was held in East London from 21-22 July 2011. The theme of the forum was linking PMTCT and paediatric services. Click here to read more and download the presentations
On 15-16 August 2011, PATA and Vihiga co hosted a local forum on disclosure to children. Research has indicated that this remains one of the most challenging issues for families and health care providers. However a well handled disclosure process is shown to lead to better adherence patterns, clinical outcomes and psychological adjustments. Five treatment teams from the Vihiga District met to improve their skills in disclosure to children
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This worked shop had the dual purpose of disseminating accurate information from leading experts in paediatric HIV and to develop a district approach to a comprehensive paediatric HIV/AIDS programme. The workshop addressed challenges associated with referral systems, diagnosis and treatment of TB and PMTCT to paediatric care link.
There were three guest speakers on Day 1. Justice Hoffmeyer spoke about PMTCT and the Mothers 2 Mothers To Be approach. Paul Roux's topics were Care of the Child with HIV/AIDS, Elements of Care, IMCI Approach, Nutrition, Growth and Monitoring and EPI Programme. James Nuttall gave talks on Clinical Diagnosis, Staging, When to Start Treating, Regimen 1 and Testing.
Talks were followed by group work where each group were given a question to workshop.
Day Two saw talks from James Nuttall and Paul Roux on The Natural History of TB, Diagnosis, Prophylaxis, Treatment, MDR, IRIS (BCG adenitis), TB and HIV, ARVs and TB Rx, followed again by group work. At the end of the day, Teams reported back on their plans.
PATA co-hosted an adolescent care workshop with the Western Cape HIV/AIDS Directorate on 29 and 30 May. 150 people were in attendance including doctors, counsellors, nurses, management from across the province and young people. After plenary presentations a master class was run by Donna Futterman and then followed by a full day of workshops.
The topics covered in the plenary included the reproductive health needs of adolescents (with young people also stating their own needs), a provincial overview and epidemiology of adolescent HIV/AIDS, mental health care for young people and requirements for an adolescent friendly HIV/AIDS.
After the workshops it was recommended that adolescent services in the province needed to be re-assessed. Adolescent care was also singled out as separate from adult care and paediatrics. A ‘One-Stop Shop', where all the services required by adolescents would be available in one place, needs to be developed. Young people should also be made part of the planning process and the role of health care workers in providing adolescent services needs to be highlighted.
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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