Volume VIII Issue 4 – 2013

2018-06-13T11:15:08+00:00October 2nd, 2013|Newsletters|

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Volume VIII Issue 4:

1.      PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum Announcement

2.      Six Month Progress Reports Due

3.      Successes at Palapye Primary Hospital (Botswana) and Ndeke Clinic (Zambia)

4.      PATA Mentorship Programme  

5.      News Following the PATA Local Forum in Swaziland and Kenya

6.      Paediatric Advocacy Toolkit: Improved Paediatric HIV Diagnosis, Care and Treatment in High HIV Prevalence Countries and Regions

7.      One Million HIV-Free Babies!

1.      PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum Announcement

Applications for the PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum are now open. The Regional Forum will take place in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) from 12 to 14 November 2013.

At the forum, PATA 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 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.

Only teams from the East African countries in the PATA network – Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda – may apply to attend. Each team should consist of a doctor, nurse, counsellor, pharmacist and community health worker/ Expert Patient.

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 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.

The forum’s theme is ‘2015 and beyond: Barriers, Bottlenecks and Solutions’ and workshops will focus on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4, 5 and 6 as well as the post-2015 agenda. Plenary sessions will cover topics including nutrition, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and malaria and TB.

The application deadline is Thursday, 25 July 2013. Please contact applications@teampata.org for an application form.

2.      Six Month Progress Reports due

All clinics who attended the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum last December are reminded that their six month team grid progress reports were due on 7 June 2013. Please send all remaining reports to heleen@teampata.org as soon as possible.

3.      Successes at Palapye Primary Hospital (Botswana) and Ndeke Clinic (Zambia)

Palapye Primary Hospital’s six month goals this year were to ensure appropriate management of TB/HIV co-infection, full disclosure and the continuity of care through the identification of alternative caregivers. The hospital has managed to screen 50 HIV-positive children for TB. The hospital also had a meeting with caregivers to prepare them for the disclosure process – 36 children were fully or partially disclosed to. The team has also set up a register of all identified and trained caregivers. Well done, Palapye!

Ndeke Clinic had a six month goal to improve their human resources. The clinic now has two Expert Patients who will be involved in their EID program. The clinic has conducted on-site training on child counselling and the transmission process for these Expert Patients, and clinic staff and Expert Patients are also currently receiving training on disclosure. Congratulations!

Each of these goals was initially set at the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum.

4.      PATA Mentorship Programme

PATA launched the ‘Building Bridges Mentoring and Twinning Programme’ to provide paediatric HIV treatment teams with access to leading experts and evidence-based resources, guidelines and tools.

A PATA Mentor (with context-appropriate experience) and a Companion Team (another PATA team who have previously been successful in a relevant field) are being assigned to provide support to PATA teams across Southern Africa. To date, 20 PATA teams have been invited onto the programme.

Sara Stulac (a PATA Mentor) and Neno District Hospital (a PATA team from Malawi) make up one such mentorship pair. They will be working together on how to integrate Expert Patients into the hospital. Stulac is a paediatrician and Director of Paediatrics at Partners In Health. Neno District Hospital provides care to an estimated 639 HIV-positive children and joined the Expert Patient Programme this year.

A second mentorship pair is Beth Vale (a PATA Mentor) and Newlands Clinic (Zimbabwe). Beth, a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, will be assisting the clinic with adolescent research. Newlands Clinic cares for approximately 974 children living with HIV. Good luck with your goals for the year!

5.      News Following the PATA Local Forums in Swaziland and Kenya

Six months after the PATA-Baylor College of Medicine Swaziland Local Forum, Mbabane Government Hospital (MGH) from Swaziland has managed to sensitize fellow healthcare workers on the forum’s topic of paediatric palliative care. MGH has developed working tools for pain assessment and treatment and the hospital is currently in the process of training health workers on how to use them. The hospital won a small grant after writing a proposal on increasing the number of children tested for HIV in order to link more HIV-positive children to care. Part of the grant was used to create a child-friendly play area. Congratulations to MGH on these great achievements!

Nyumbani Lea Toto Clinic attended the PATA-Sunshine Smiles Local Forum in Kenya in February 2013. Their six month goal was to reduce infant loss-to-follow-up following an initial negative PCR test. Three months after the Local Forum, a total of 23 clients were successfully traced. When the caregivers were asked why they had stopped coming to the clinic, some thought their child was HIV-negative, others felt they had not received enough support, and some said they had had limited time. Nyumbani Lea Toto Clinic has therefore decided to conduct training more often with newly-enrolled caregivers. They are also discussing linking community health workers with the newly-enrolled infants for closer monitoring.

Well done to the clinic for the wonderful progress!

6.      Paediatric Advocacy Toolkit: Improved Paediatric HIV Diagnosis, Care and Treatment in High HIV Prevalence Countries and Regions

The Interagency Task Team paediatric working group developed a toolkit in 2011 to improve paediatric HIV diagnosis, care and treatment in high HIV prevalence countries and regions.

The purpose of the toolkit is to generate awareness and commitment among Ministries of Health, policy makers and partners to prioritize paediatric HIV treatment. Necessary measurable actions must take place which should ultimately increase access to and quality of paediatric HIV treatment coverage.

Click on the WHO link below to download the toolkit and PowerPoint presentation. http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/pediatric_toolkit2011/en/index.html

7.      One Million HIV-Free Babies!

This month, a cumulative total of one million babies will have been born free of HIV thanks to the President’s Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). A great feat thanks to work over the past decade.

This milestone is testimony to scientific, operational and political advances in prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programming. Eliminating vertical transmission is entirely possible, with a committed response from the global community towards the epidemic.


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

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