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Volume IX Issue 3:

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

Launch of the PATA website

Office News

PATA Burundi- Rwanda Local Forum

PATA 2014 Continental Summit Update

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. Launch of the PATA Website


PATA is happy to announce that the new PATA website has gone live!

On the website you can find lots of information about where we are working, what we are doing in terms of our programmes, and PATA publications and resources such as newsletters, research, and proceedings from our Regional Forums and Continental Summits for example, as well as much, much more. This is a wonderful place to find out more about PATA and what we stand for.

It has taken lots of hard work from lots of people to re-design the website. Thank you very much for your hard work.

Please join us at

3. Office News: PATA welcomes new staff

PATA is pleased to welcome another new staff member to our ever growing family. Kezziah Mestry is joining our Programmes Team comprising of Papy, Heleen, Luann and Vanessa. Welcome to our wonderful team.

Kezziah can be reached at

4. 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, namely Centre Medical Espoir de Kayogoro, Village Health Works and Association Nationale de Soutien aux Seropositifs et Sidéens, and two from Rwanda, namely Rwanda Biomedical Centre and Partners in Health. The topic of the forum was Access to Paediatric HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care in Burundi and Rwanda: Barriers and Best Practices.

The forum served to share learning and practical experience in working in paediatric HIV between the two countries. A wide variety of topics were covered, ranging from ‘Lessons Learnt in the Burundi PMTCT Acceleration Programme’, and ‘The role of NGOs as key partners in Paediatric HIV Services’, to ‘Stigma and Discrimination and the Impacts on Accessing Services to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care’. Participants heard from both local and regional experts, including Dr Neil Gupta (Partners in Health, Rwanda), Dr Anita Munyana (Association Nationale de Soutien aux Seropositifs et Sidéens (ANSS), Burundi), Prof Theodore Niyongabo (University of Burundi), Dr Jean Pierre Ndayirukiye (Association Burundaise de Bien Etre Familial (ABUBEF), Burundi), Dr Jeremie Biziragusenyuka (Projet ESTHER, Burundi), Mr. Cedric  Nininahazwe (Réseau National des Jeunes vivant avec le VIH/SIDA (RNJ+), Burundi), Ms Elysee Nibitanga (World Vision International, Burundi).

Teams set a variety of quality improvement goals, including linking treatment to care, adolescent reproductive health services, tracking HIV positive children who are lost to follow up, and improving transitioning of adolescents to adult services.

All in all it was a wonderful forum. Well done to all the clinics that participated. PATA wishes you the best of luck in achieving your goals!

5. PATA 2014 Continental Summit Update

The PATA 2014 Continental Summit is entitled �Global targets, local action: Advancing optimal MNCH services across sub-Saharan Africa� and will take place from 1-3 December 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the Continental Summit, teams will be exposed to the latest updates on paediatric HIV prevention, treatment and care from leading experts.

The forum will follow PATA’s standard format: cutting-edge, practical presentations followed by a structured workshop process, the outcome of which will be the selection of goals to improve the quality of paediatric care that teams deliver.

Teams from across the continent are invited to apply. Each team should consist of four members, coming from one of the following professions: doctor, nurse, counsellor, pharmacist and community health worker/ expert patient/ peer educator.

There are 40 team spots available and the scholarship process for funding to attend will be extremely competitive. Selection of funding scholarships will be based on a number of criteria including for example previous opportunities to attending PATA Regional Forums and Continental Summits, motivation to attend the Continental Summit, and history of submitting 3, 6 and 12 month reports for example.

All teams are encouraged to also apply for their own funding from local health departments or other funders.

Applications for the PATA 2014 Continental Summit will be made available mid July. The application deadline is Thursday, 31 July 2014. Please contact for an application form.

6. Stories from the field

Thank you very much to the teams who attended the PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum and have submitted their 6 months reports. That means we have two more stories to share from the field.

Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) and Partners in Health (PIH) both focused on malnutrition of infants and children for one of their 6 month tasks. JCRCs Expert Patients (EPs) conducted nutritional assessments on child entering the clinic. After identifying 16 malnourished children, they were referred to nutritionists who gave them therapeutic food to help them gain weight. PIH have used their community health workers to identify children under five years of age, that they suspect may be malnourished. Once these children are identified, they are transferred to the health facility.

These are wonderful achievements and systems that have been put into place. Thank you JCRC and PIH for sharing these with us.

Six month reports can be submitted to Heleen at

7. Resources for PATA Network member

WHO have launched a report to encourage more attention to be paid to adolescent health. This online report describes why adolescents require specific attention that differs from children and adults.

“Health for the world’s adolescents” is an online multimedia report which presents a global overview of adolescents and their health-related behaviours. The report includes data and trends, and looks at factors that influence adolescent’s health and behaviour.

This dynamic report collates all WHO guidance on adolescents across the health spectrum. It also includes key activities to strengthen national health sector responses for adolescent health services. It is important to take not of these guidelines given that HIV is the 2nd leading cause of death amongst adolescents.

The report advocates for greater attention to be paid to adolescents in health and social policies, as well as improved cross-sectoral planning and implementation of existing programmes for this underserved population.

See the video introducing the online report here.

Access the summary report here.

Access the interactive report and website here.

Contributors to this newsletter: Heleen Soeters.

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