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Volume IX Issue 2:

PATA and World Health Organisation (WHO) research: Adolescent Treatment

PATA Burundi- Rwanda Local Forum


PATA Child-Friendly Clinic Initiative upgrade

PATA 2014 Continental Summit

Stories from the field

Resources for PATA network members

1. PATA and WHO research: Adolescent Treatment

Spread the news! PATA is undertaking a situational analysis on treatment for HIV-infected adolescents in collaboration with the WHO. A survey will be forwarded to all PATA network partners during the month of July. Your participation and contributions will inform the development of the updated WHO consolidated ARV guidelines, due for release in 2015. Please watch out for the survey, complete and return as soon as possible!

2. PATA Burundi- Rwanda Local Forum

On 26-27 May, PATA held its first French speaking Local Forum in Bujumbura, Burundi, which was attended by three clinic teams from Burundi and two from Rwanda. The topic of the forum was Access to Paediatric HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care in Burundi and Rwanda: Barriers and Best Practices. Well done to PATA’s Papy and Toby on a Forum well done!

3. A PATA Hero

Dr Felix Harerimana is a doctor from Centre Médical Espoir de Kayogoro and Initiative for Promotion of Rural Health and Development in Burundi, which he founded after working for the Ministry of Health. The intention of these organizations is to provide quality care to the people in rural Kayogoro.

Dr Felix led the French clinic team that participated at the PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum. Together with PATA, Dr Felix identified the need for Burundi-Rwanda cross country learning, which materialized in the Local Forum in Bujumbura. Dr Felix has been instrumental in organizing the forum on the ground, and without him, this forum would not have been such a success.

PATA is proud to have Dr Felix Harerimana and his team in the PATA network, and to call him a PATA Hero.

4. PATA Child-Friendly Clinic Initiative upgrade

We are happy to announce that Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in the Eastern Cape has been selected to take part in the PATA Child-Friendly Clinic Initiative. The PATA Child-Friendly Clinic Initiative was set up by PATA to support South African clinics make their clinic facilities more child-friendly.

The upgrade aims to keep children entertained and provides a more comfortable and inviting environment within the clinic whilst they wait to be seen by a healthcare worker. These upgrades also assist in providing resources and tools to educate patients.

Cecilia Makiwane plan to use the funds to buy toys, books and stationery to keep the children entertained, as well as secure child-friendly furniture. A large storage bin with lock and key will be built to allow for a quick cleanup of the toys at the end of the day and to keep them safe for continuous use. They will also use the funds to purchase educational DVD’s in the local language, Xhosa. These DVD’s will be used to teach the children and their caregivers about HIV/AIDS, disclosure, adherence, as well as the importance of maintaining clinic appointments and adhering to drug regimens.

We look forward to seeing the outcome of the upgrade.

5. PATA 2014 Continental Summit

PATA is happy to announce that the PATA 2014 Continental Summit will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The three-day Summit will take place from 1-3 December 2014.

TeamPATA is full swing into the organisation of the forum. Application forms are scheduled to be sent out on 1 July 2014. Once the applications are sent out, teams will have two weeks to complete and submit them to PATA.

More information to follow, so watch this space!

6. Stories from the fiel

It has already been 6 months since the PATA 2013 East African Regional Forum! How time flies! This means two things; one, teams that attended the forum should be submitting their six month reports. And two, we have stories from the field!

Both Kilgoris District Hospital, Kenya, and Songea CTC, Tanzania, have been working on improving their adolescent sexual reproductive health (SRH) services. Kilgoris have done this through separating girls from boys in their teen support groups. This gives the teens a sense of security to discuss gender-based issues that affect them, while when the boys and girls were in one group, the teens were too shy to open up on issues affecting them.

Songea on the other hand, have used health talks to educate adolescents on SRH. The talks are given every Wednesday, the day that is allocated to adolescents only, contributing to providing more adolescent friendly services.

Six month reports can be submitted to Heleen at

7. Resources for PATA Network member

 Resources and Webinars I

The Interagency Task Team (IATT) has published the final meeting report for the 2013 revision of the IATT Optimal Paediatric Formulary. The purpose of the IATT Update to the Optimal List of Paediatric ARV Formulations is to make recommendations to implementing partners and procurement and supply chain managers on the products that will enable programmes to deliver the best care in accordance with the current WHO regimen selection.

It is encouraged that this guidance is actively promoted so that as many stakeholders as possible involved in paediatric ARV procurement, from supply side actors to patient care providers, will be reached at global, regional and local levels.

Find the report at .

There will also be a webinar to review the report, hosted by the IATT on 12 June 2014 at 9am EST (13hrs, Dakar & 15hrs JHB). Presenters from WHO, UNICEF and CHAI will discuss the context in which this guidance was developed and how it can be operationalized to stabilize the market for paediatric ARV’s.

Follow the webinar at Join Lync Meeting

Resources and Webinars II

The IATT on 15 May 2014 conducted a webinar titled “IATT Integrated Service Delivery Webinar Presentations”. Presenters came from a variety of notable organisations including UNFPA, WHO Namibia, IPPF and Population Council. The presentations, the webinar recording, and a summary of the key points from the discussion can be found at the link below. A profile needs to be created in order to gain access to these resources.

The webinar recording and presentations can be found at:

The video shown during the webinar can be seen here:

The webinar and presentations encourage countries to continue to share all things related to integrating service delivery models through the community of practice, such as resources, policies and experiences. The IATT plan to organise more webinars related to this topic and therefore any ideas and/or feedback are more than welcome, and can be sent to the IATT via their website or through the knowledge gateway.

Send your ideas and/or feedback via:

Resources and Webinars III

“The bravest boy I know” is a story that focuses on the lives of two eight year olds living in Africa. Kayla is best friends with Kendi, who is living with HIV. Despite this, he is as happy and cheerful as any other child. Kendi is a dreamer and has an active imagination, and has learnt how to deal with the challenges that come with living with HIV. Kayla adores her friend Kendi and calls him “The bravest boy I know”.

For the video link:

For the pdf version:,93711,en.asp

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