Volume VII Issue 4 – 2012

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Vol VII Issue 4: Plans for the 2012 PATA Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum


1.      A few words with PATA’s new Executive Director

2.      2012 PATA Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum announcement

3.      Plugged in: HIV news from around the world

4.      Clinic news flashes: successes at Baylor Botswana and Paediatric Hospital of Luanda

5.      The Stitch x Stitch income generating project  

6.      Small Projects Foundation wins 2012 United Nations Public Service Award


1.      A few words with PATA’s new Executive Director

2.      2012 PATA Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum announcement

As we reported last month, PATA has appointed a new Executive Director, Dr Daniella Mark. We sat down with Daniella to find out how she sees PATA moving forward.

“I am incredibly excited to have joined the PATA team,” she says. “The committed staff, passionate Steering Committee members, PATA supporters and champions, and of course, each of the clinic teams who are working every day to improve the lives of children living with HIV – they all inspire me.”

Daniella sees all of these people as part of the PATA ‘movement’, dedicated to expanding access to care for children affected by and infected with HIV and their families throughout Africa.

“We are all working towards the same goal,” she says, “and can create more together than we could alone. So much has been achieved since PATA launched in 2005, and this is a testimony to all of your effort, energy and dedication.

“My hope is that over the next few years, PATA may expand its reach, creating more programmes to realize our unique vision: for all HIV-infected and affected children in Africa to have access by 2015 to comprehensive, high-quality health services.”

Feel free to contact Daniella at any time with thoughts, ideas or recommendations at Daniella@teampata.org.

This year, PATA offers an exciting opportunity for Southern African and Nigerian PATA teams to attend a regional forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop will run from 3 to 7 December 2012.

At the forum, 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 but practical presentations will be 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.

Applications will open in August 2012 and will be advertised through the PATA website and newsletter. Multi-disciplinary teams (each team should consist of a doctor, nurse, counsellor and pharmacist) from Southern African countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Nigeria will be eligible to apply.

There are 20 team spots available and the scholarship process for funding to attend will be extremely competitive. Preference for funding scholarships will be given to new teams and to clinic teams who have stayed in touch with PATA by means of regular progress reports. All eligible teams are encouraged to attract their own funding from local health departments or other funders. If you would like support from PATA in preparing a funding proposal, please contact Daniella@teampata.org.

Thanks to all of the PATA network members who submitted topic suggestions for this forum. Popular topic suggestions included: opportunistic infections, disclosure, treatment failure, infant nutrition and linkage to care between PMTCT, paediatric, adolescent and adult services.

From these recommendations, we have chosen the following primary topics as forum themes: engaging patients in the care continuum, the management of opportunistic infections and disclosure.

There will also be additional Masterclasses on treatment failure and resistance, palliative care and infant nutrition amongst others.

3.      Plugged in: HIV news from around the world

Roughly 390 000 children become infected with HIV annually and 42 000 women living with HIV die from complications relating to HIV and pregnancy. On 8 May 2012, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched a new campaign, ‘Believe it. Do it.’

This campaign aims to bring global attention and action to the goal of ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and ensuring mothers living with HIV remain healthy.

“We have an amazing opportunity to change the world,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We have the commitment of world leaders but the clock is ticking and we cannot get from 390 000 to zero without you.”

The campaign asks the public to take three actions:

Get the facts about ending new HIV infections among children

Send a message about the issue and the actions people can all take

Support a mother through one of the great organizations working with families

For more information visit http://www.unaids.org/believeitdoit/

4.      Clinic news flashes: successes at Baylor Botswana and Paediatric Hospital of Luanda

The 2011 PATA Pan-African Forum in Gaborone (Botswana) was attended by 41 clinic teams who all set ambitious quality improvement tasks for themselves for the year ahead.

Teams continue to report on their successes. We love hearing from you, so please do continue to send in your 3-, 6- and 12-monthly reports (to info@teampata.org) as well as any other news.

Baylor Botswana has achieved much since the forum. They conducted a survey to broaden their understanding of teen pregnancies in the region and will use this information to improve their family planning interventions. They are also in the process of developing a curriculum for early infant care, child neglect and weekly children’s rights classes.

Paediatric Hospital of Luanda, Angola has made several impressive changes. With much effort, they were able to reduce their paediatric waiting time from 3 hours to less than 3 minutes. They have conducted impressive nurse training and HIV counselling and testing of over 100 orphaned children and adolescents.

Well done teams!

5.      The Stitch x Stitch income-generating project

Several teams have recently told PATA about the need for income-generation activities to empower adolescents and help them to achieve self-sufficiency. We realize how important this is and were delighted to hear from Baylor Botswana about the successes of their Stitch x Stitch project, launched in 2011.

PATA outsourced the design and production of our 220 conference bags (for the 2011 forum held in Gaborone) to Baylor Botswana’s Teen Mother’s Support Group to teach income-generation life skills to teen mothers.

This order became the pilot project of the Stitch x Stitch project. A local professional tailor was hired to teach the teen mothers to sew, with a clinic room serving as the project’s base. For 27 days, the teen mothers worked with determination to meet the order – they gained fundamental sewing skills and were proud of the bags they produced.

Today, they feel confident that they will be able to make use of their newly-acquired skills in the future. “When I was in this program,” one of the teens said, “I realized that it is very important because I can open my own business such as a sewing workshop.”

Congratulations to Baylor Botswana on this initiative.

6.      Small Projects Foundation wins 2012 United Nations Public Service Award

Congratulations to PATA Steering Committee member and Director of Small Projects Foundation, Dr Paul Cromhout and his colleagues! They won a prestigious United Nations Public Service Award, in the category “Promoting Gender Responsive Delivery of Public Services” for their initiative “Protecting the Futures”.

The initiative addresses absenteeism and school drop-out in young girls in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. PATA wishes Dr Cromhout and his team the best of luck as they continue with this important work.

Contributors to this newsletter: Daniella Mark, Melanie Evans, Virgile Mahoro and Toast Coetzer.