Volume VIII Issue 2 – 2013

2018-06-13T11:17:13+00:00June 2nd, 2013|Newsletters|

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Volume VIII Issue 2:

1.      What is ‘Quality Healthcare’ for Children Living with HIV? 

2.      Three Month Reports from the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Due 6 March 2013

3.      Children’s Day Success at Andara ART Clinic (Namibia)

4.      Nysamba Home Care (Uganda) Makes Great Strides in Transitioning

5.      Welcome to New PATA Network Teams

6.      News Following PATA’s 2012 Mbabane, Swaziland Local Forum

7.      Recent PATA Local Forums in Kenya

8.      PATA Trees of Knowledge

9.      Spotlight on National AIDS Manual (NAM)

1.      What is ‘Quality Healthcare’ for Children Living with HIV?

As PATA plans its continued efforts to promote and facilitate improved  healthcare for HIV-infected children and their families in sub-Saharan Africa, we invite all clinics in the PATA network to help us define what ‘quality healthcare’ for children living with HIV should entail.

If clinics had all the resources and skills they needed, what services would they offer? What systems and procedures would they have in place? What materials do they need in order to be described as an ‘ideal’ or ‘model’ clinic? How important are psychosocial services? How significant is integration, or client-centred care? How critical is community outreach?

We would like to hear from you! Please email Daniella@teampata.org or fax +27 86 619 1623 with your thoughts and ideas by 8 March 2013.

2.      Three Month Reports from the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum Due 6 March 2013

Each PATA forum culminates in clinic teams creating quality improvement goals for their healthcare facility for the year that lies ahead. Teams then report on their successes and challenges in achieving their stated goals to the PATA office during the following year.

All teams who attended the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum in Cape Town please note that three month progress reports are due on 6 March 2013.

Progress reports should be sent to heleen@teampata.org or faxed to +27 86 619 1623.

We are looking forward to reading them!

3.      Children’s Day Success at Andara ART Clinic (Namibia)

Andara ART Clinic in Namibia organises a special children’s day three times a year. The last such day was held in December 2012 and took a multidisciplinary approach to discuss nutrition, disclosure, adherence and feeding options with children and their caregivers. The event was attended by 38 children and 22 caregivers. Extra activities for children included games, movies and arts and crafts.

Congratulations to Andara ART clinic for hosting such a successful event!

4.      Nysamba Home Care (Uganda) Makes Great Strides in Transitioning

Nysamba Home Care in Uganda has achieved most of the goals they had set out to achieve since the PATA 2011 Continental Summit held in Botswana. They have implemented disclosure and transitioning guidelines, successfully initiated infants onto ART and strengthened their sexual and reproductive health services.

Thirty adolescents were successfully transitioned to adult services during the course of the year without any major problems. Nysamba Home Care staff discovered that finding middle ground with adolescents was key to a smooth transition. Older adolescents are allowed to attend the adolescent clinic for a few months before moving to adult services, but they are treated as adults.

“The adult clinic has been so interesting,” one adolescent said. “I’ve had good experiences here. During the transitioning process it looked like it would be hard because all my pals were still in the adolescent clinic. But it became interesting and I got to interact with new friends.”

Adolescents are taught the responsibility of adhering to their drugs in the right way and the benefits of continued use of ART.

Well done to Nysamba Home Care for this great success – let’s keep on living positively!

5.      Welcome to New PATA Network Teams

Join us in welcoming the fourteen new teams who have joined the PATA network! The PATA network has now grown to a staggering 235 clinics across 23 African countries.

The new teams from Malawi are Pirimiti Community Hospital, Domasi Rural Hospital and Lukini Mission Hospital. New Swaziland teams are Cabrini Ministries, Claypotts Trust, Mbabane Government Hospital and RFM Hospital. New teams from Tanzania are Kagera Regional Hospital, Mbinga District Hospital, Rubya Hospital, Tarime District Hospital and Shinyanga Regional Hospital. Also welcome to Holy Family Virika Hospital from Uganda and Zvandiri Programme (Africaid) from Zimbabwe.

Welcome to the PATA family!

6.      News Following PATA’s 2012 Mbabane, Swaziland Local Forum

Teams that attended PATA’s Swaziland Local Forum on Children’s Palliative Care in October 2012 have reported on the progress they have made in the past three months.

Co-host Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Swaziland have started ‘Teen Tuesdays’ which focus on issues relevant to patients between the ages of 13 and 21 years.

Dvokolwako Health Centre organised three staff training sessions to share the local forum experience. They also distributed 12 copies of ‘Introduction to Paediatric Palliative Care’ to all departments and encouraged clinicians to use a pain assessment tool from the national programme on palliative care. They also conduct on-going education for caregivers on children’s palliative care.

Emkhuzweni Health Centre set up a children’s palliative care health team which includes a mentor mother. They established a refill date for children between the ages of 1 and 18 years old and use the same day – Saturday – for health education.

Claypotts Trust has signed a contract with Hope House (a hospice) to start the Rocking Horse Project there – an initiative in which Claypotts Trust will refurbish two buildings to be used exclusively for palliative care for children.

The SNAP/ICAP team conducted three regional training programmes which reached 206 healthcare workers. They also managed to play an important role in making oral morphine available in Swaziland. SNAP/ICAP is working with other teams that attended the forum to integrate children’s palliative care into different facilities.

Well done!

7.      Recent PATA Local Forums in Kenya

Two PATA Local Forums took place in Kenya this month. The forums were held at Sunshine Smiles Clinic (Nairobi) and Transmara District Hospital (Kilgoris) and focused on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). PMTCT is a highly relevant topic in Kenya with national efforts to eliminate all HIV transmission from mother to child by 2015.

PMTCT is a complex and multi-faceted field, and so a variety of topics were covered to ensure that participants went back to their clinics with the most up-to-date information. Participants were privileged to have recognized experts in the field of PMTCT speak at the Local Forums.

Both Local Forums were a resounding success. Biatar Muyuga who attended the Nairobi Local Forum says it was “such a wonderful forum” and Argwings Miruka describes the local forum in Kilgoris as “beautiful work by the PATA family”.

8.      PATA’s Trees of Knowledge

PATA, with the help of children from Kidzpositive Family Fund created trees of knowledge to display what attendees had learnt from the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum held in Cape Town.

Each delegate got a green sticker on which he or she wrote the most important thing they had learned that day. This sticker was then stuck to the tree, so that it looked like the trees slowly grew leaves.

The major themes that emerged from the stickers were inspiration, teamwork, learning and the role of the respective professions.

To see these trees please visit our Facebook page. View the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum photo album by using this link:


9.      Spotlight on National AIDS Manual (NAM)

NAM was one of the first organisations to publish accurate information on HIV/AIDS in the UK as a response to the confusion and misinformation of the late 1980s.

NAM believes that having the right information allows ‘individuals and communities affected by HIV to protect themselves, care for others, advocate for better services and challenge stigma and discrimination’.

Find a great tool for HIV and TB in practice for nurses by clicking the link below:


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

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