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Volume VII Issue 7 – 2012

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 Vol VII Issue 7:

1.      PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Update: Day 1-3 Topics

2.      PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Co-Hosts: Mildmay International, Mpilo Opportunistic Infections Clinic and Newlands Clinic

3.      PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Team Preparation

4.      Guest Speaker Spotlight: Dr Mitchell Besser

5.      AVERT Reflections on the Epidemic Series: Dr Daniella Mark of PATA featured

6.      Survey on Values and Preferences of Healthcare Professionals on 2013 WHO Paediatric ART Guidelines

7.      Focus on Sidaction

8.      Youth and Adolescent Survey

9.      2012 PATA Local Forums:Tanzania and Swaziland

10.  PATA Network Clinic Success Stories

11.  Expert Patient Programme Update: Third Tranche Payment

1.      PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Update: Day 1-3 Topics

The PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum theme is ‘Strengthening Healthcare Systems for the Sake of the Child’.

Day One’s topic is ‘Engagement in the Cascade of Care’. Plenary sessions will include: Increasing Coverage of Paediatric ART; Integration of PMTCT and Paediatric Services; Down and Up Referrals in the Age of Decentralized Care; and Principles of Transitioning Patients from Paediatric to Adult Services.

Day Two will focus on ‘Managing Co-infections’, with plenary sessions covering Basics of Screening, Diagnosis and Prevention of TB in HIV-infected Children; Treatment of TB in HIV-infected Children; Acute Pneumonia in the HIV-infected Child; and Integration of HIV/TB Services.

Day Three’s topic is ‘Disclosure’, revolving around Ethics of Disclosure; Disclosure to Children, Safe Disclosure and an Introduction to Disclosure Materials.

The Forum runs from 3-6 December in Cape Town, South Africa.

2.      PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Co-Hosts: Mildmay International, Mpilo Opportunistic Infections Clinic and Newlands Clinic

The PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum – staged in Cape Town, South Africa – has three Zimbabwean co-hosts. They are MildMay International, Mpilo Opportunistic Infections Clinic and Newlands Clinic.

Mildmay International is an HIV charity that delivers quality care and treatment, prevention work, rehabilitation, training and health systems strengthening. Their programme in Zimbabwe aims to help 50 000 people affected by HIV (many of them children) across rural areas in the Matabeleland South Region.

Mpilo Opportunistic Infections Clinic is based in Bulawayo. This clinic is part of the PATA Expert Patient Programme, in partnership with One to One Children’s Fund. Mpilo provides opportunistic infection treatment and ART to children. Among their strengths and successes are their child-friendly services, youth support groups and an effective Expert Patient Programme.

Newlands Clinic is based in the capital, Harare. They also have a long association with PATA’s Expert Patient Programme. The clinic has good paediatric outcomes and a strong early infant diagnosis programme. They provide a PMTCT programme for women who are on HAART and have initiated vibrant adolescent programmes.

PATA would like to thank the co-hosts for their support.

To find out more information about Mildmay International, please visit their website http://www.mildmay.org/rest-of-the-world/zimbabwe/

3.      PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Team Preparation

Before teams arrive at the airport for departure from their home countries, please make sure to pack all necessary items. You should bring clothing (smart casual), toiletries and money to spend on extras.

Please make sure you have your passport if you will be on an international flight. You should be at the airport at least 2-3 hours before your flight. For teams flying from within South Africa, please make sure you have your ID – you should be at the airport at least 1-2 hours before your flight.

For all flights, make sure you follow airline regulations and refrain from carrying liquids and dangerous items. To be sure of this list, please check the South African Airways website: http://www.flysaa.com/za/en/flyingSAA/FAQs/FAQs.html#Dangerous.

4.      Guest Speaker Spotlight: Dr Mitchell Besser

 Dr Mitchell Besser from mothers2mothers will be presenting on ‘Integration of PMTCT and paediatric services for early infant diagnosis and infant feeding support’ on Day One of the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum in Cape Town.

Dr Besser is passionate about helping patients to manage HIV/AIDS. Through his work with HIV-positive pregnant patients and mothers, he recognized their need for education and psychosocial support. With this aid, mothers would be able to make healthy choices for themselves and their babies.

Dr Besser founded mothers2mothers in 2001 at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. He identified South African HIV-positive mothers as a valuable resource that could be used to decrease the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

mothers2mothers is currently employing about 1 500 HIV-positive mothers from over 600 sites in seven countries. These mothers work together with overburdened doctors and nurses to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

For more information, please visit http://www.m2m.org/

5.      AVERT Reflections on the Epidemic Series: Dr Daniella Mark of PATA featured

 AVERT is marking World AIDS Day 2012, on 1st December, with a series of articles by guest writers. ‘Reflections on the Epidemic’ are the diverse and insightful viewpoints of global leaders, writers, experts, activists, physicians or people personally affected by HIV and AIDS, on the HIV epidemic and the world’s response to it. The guest writers represent various countries, experiences and backgrounds from all over the world.

PATA’s Executive Director, Dr Daniella Mark, is one of the featured writers in the series. Browse through the series at http://www.avert.org/reflections-on-the-epidemic.htm.

6.      Survey on Values and Preferences of Healthcare Professionals on 2013 WHO Paediatric ART Guidelines

 WHO is in the process of developing consolidated ARV guidelines which will include children and other populations. These guidelines are expected to be finalized in mid-2013.

A number of activities are underway to gather this information in different groups.  One very important group is the healthcare workers who provide treatment and care to children.  They have therefore developed a short survey to assess the values and preferences of this group on a number of key topics. Please could all healthcare workers complete this survey before Friday, November 23 as these results will feed into a Guidelines Development Group meeting that is planned for December 10-13, 2013. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues.  Please click on the link to access the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G3QFVZ3

7.      Focus on Sidaction

Sidaction is an organisation that has been supporting programmes for people living with HIV/AIDS since 2002. PATA was awarded funding for five multidisciplinary treatment teams to participate in the 2012 PATA Southern Africa and Nigeria Forum. This financial grant was funded by the Pierre Bergé Endowment Fund.

Sidaction specifically supports programmes in the areas of biological, medical and psychological follow-up of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as in ethics in scientific research and professional practices in the HIV field. The overall objective for their projects is the improvement of medical and psychological care, treatment and support of people living with HIV in France and developing countries.

PATA would like to thank Sidaction for their generous support.

For more information, please visit http://www.sidaction.org/ .

 

8.      Youth and Adolescent Survey

AVERT International HIV & AIDS charity has developed a survey investigating how technology is being used as an HIV prevention or sex education tool. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about how young people (25 years and younger) are using technology in different parts of the world to access information that will empower them to take control of their sexual health.

By engaging young people in this campaign, AVERT hopes to fill gaps in sexual health education.

If you are interested in completing this survey or know of individuals that would, please follow this link http://www.avert.org/extra/young-people-technology-survey

9.      2012 PATA Local Forums:Tanzania and Swaziland

 PATA recently held two Local Forums. The PATA-Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Local Forum took place in Mwanza, Tanzania on 13-14 September 2012. The topic was on Adolescent Care.

At this Local Forum, teams from 11 clinics shared knowledge and best practice ideas for caring for adolescents. Together, they reflected on their practice, created conditions for teamwork and developed an action plan for change.

The PATA-MOH-Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Local Forum took place in Mbabane, Swaziland on 18-19 October 2012. Eight participating teams learned about Palliative Care and discussed the challenges they faced in their specific professions.

Palliative Care is in its infancy stage in Swaziland and this Local Forum was a great foundation on which to build.

The three PATA Local Forums staged at the end of October and the beginning of November in Songea (Tanzania), Lilongwe (Malawi) and Zomba (Malawi) will be featured in the next PATA Newsletter.

10.  PATA Network Clinic Success Stories

Rainbow Clinic in Malawi has monthly meetings to strengthen early infant care and diagnosis for staff. The clinic also has adolescent days and their DBS results now take only two weeks.

Songea CTC in Tanzania has managed to track down half of the children that were lost to follow-up. They started seminars for adolescents (once every three months) and they have decreased DBS time with an SMS printer.

Congratulations to these clinics!

11.  Expert Patient Programme Update: Third Tranche Payment

Expert Patient Programme Third tranche payments have been released.  All clinics who have received an acknowledgement of receipt of funds from PATA must please forward their receipt to PATA as confirmation.

Clinics who have not submitted their second tranche receipts will not be able to receive the third tranche payment.

Contributors to this newsletter: Daniella Mark, Fiona Mpungu, Michele May, Virgile Mahoro and Toast Coetzer.

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