Volume VIII Issue 5 – 2013

2016-12-21T09:06:58+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Newsletters|

This newsletter is also available in French. Please contact vanessa@teampata.org.

Volume VIII Issue 5:

1.      PATA Local Forums in Zimbabwe and Zambia

2.      Six Month Progress Reports from the PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum

3.      PATA Hosts Adolescent HIV Research Day in Partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the HIV Prevention Trials Network

4.      PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum Update

5.      Expert Patient Programme Notices

6.      Nelson Mandela International Day

7.      PATA Welcomes New Staff

8.      Useful Resource – USAID Technical Brief on Transitioning

1.      PATA Local Forums in Zimbabwe and Zambia

 The aim of Local Forums is to give frontline healthcare workers the opportunity to build their capacity, practice their skills and techniques, network and provide a platform for the sharing of ideas and best practices. In the month of July, PATA convened three Local Forums in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Each of the forums focused on adolescent care. More children are surviving into adolescents due to improved HIV management, particularly with the advent of antiretroviral treatment. Healthcare workers often require more information and support to manage this age group.

The following teams from Zimbabwe participated in the Local Forums: Africaid, Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital, Wilkins Hospital Newlands Clinic Bulawayo City Health, Esigodini Hospital, St Lukes Hospital, United Bulawayo OI Hospital Clinic and Mpilo OI Clinic. Teams from Zambia that participated were Kaonga Urban Clinic, Kayela Urban Clinic, Mazabuka District Hospital, Zambia Sugar Hospital and Ndeke Clinic.

Presentation topics ranged from updated HIV information, adolescent friendly services, ethical dilemmas, testing and counseling, treatment adherence, general quality improvement’ and transitioning adolescents to adulthood. Teams were able to decide on quality improvement goals for the next 3, 6 and 12 months using information from the presentations, discussions and workshops. Some of these goals were to improve the knowledge gap in dealing with adolescents, promote disclosure to adolescents by parents and caregivers and increase adherence amongst adolescents.

Well done to all teams who participated in these Local Forums and good luck with achieving your team goals!

2.      Six Month Progress Reports from PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum

Keiskamma Trust’s (South Africa) six month goal for 2013 was to improve their referral systems and stakeholder relationships. Keiskamma Trust signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Health after a series of meetings with stakeholders to align activities and prevent duplication. Keiskamma Trust now represents Peddie area NGO’s on the AIDS Council. Community health workers from Keiskamma Trust will soon be able to receive nationally accredited training from a partnership formed with the Adult Learning Network.

Paediatric ART Gombe’s (Nigeria) six month goal was to strengthen the detection of children exposed to adults with smear positive tuberculosis (TB). A total of 17 smear positive TB patients have been identified to date through the initiative, with two exposed children testing positive. A further 26 exposed children were placed on isoniazid.

Congratulations to both teams on their progress!

3.      PATA Hosts Adolescent HIV Research Day in Partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the HIV Prevention Trials Network

On the 1st of August 2013, PATA, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) convened an adolescent HIV research day at the University of Cape Town. The event was entitled ‘The double helix of HIV prevention and treatment in adolescents: Psychosocial aspects’.

Guest speakers from PATA, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Shout-it-Now, South to South, the University of Oxford, the University of North Carolina and the University College London discussed prevention and treatment strategies for HIV-infected adolescents.  PATA’s own Executive Director, Dr Daniella Mark, and Advocacy Consultant, Beth Vale, discussed ‘Promoting adolescent antiretroviral adherence and sexual and reproductive health uptake in South Africa: How can health and social protection services collaborate programmatically with HIV-positive adolescents?’

The presentations covered adolescent HIV programming and research and generated much discussion around -improving interventions for adolescent HIV prevention and treatment.

4.      PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum Announcement

The PATA 2013 East Africa Regional Forum will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 12-14 November 2013. This year’s forum is entitled ‘2015 and Beyond: Barriers, Bottlenecks and Solutions’.

The forum theme is organised around the current Millennium Development Goals (4, 5 and 6) and their relationship to paediatric HIV. The forum will highlight nutrition, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and malaria, tuberculosis and antiretroviral access.

We are overjoyed about the interest from the PATA network and new teams. The call for applications is now closed and we are reviewing all applications received and will announce the 20 teams who will participate shortly.

5.      Expert Patient Programme Notices

The PATA Expert Patient Programme in partnership with One to One Children’s Fund provides funds for caregivers of children living with HIV/AIDS to be integrated into the multidisciplinary paediatric HIV treatment team through employment as ‘Expert Patients’. There are currently 198 Expert Patients from 49 clinics across 16 sub-Saharan African countries.

Expert Patients are making a real difference in the clinics they support through task shifting roles within the clinic and providing psychosocial and community support.

‘I am motivated to be an Expert Patient because ‘I encourage other people living with HIV to take their medication correctly. When they see me as an Expert Patient it normalizes the HIV status. It also improves the quality of care by health workers and relieves the workload at the clinic.’ Expert Patient, Zimbabwe

Expert Patient Programme Six Month Supervisor Reports are due on Thursday, 12 September 2013. Please contact Fiona at Fiona@teampata.org for a report template. Second tranche payment receipts were due on 31 July 2013. Please submit all outstanding receipts.

6.      Nelson Mandela International Day

The United Nations officially declared Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, acknowledging Mr Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity as well as his struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world. Mandela Day celebrations stem from the 67 years that former president Nelson Mandela -dedicated to South Africa’s struggle for liberation and is celebrated annually on his birthday. The day calls for individuals everywhere to celebrate Madiba’s birthday through 67 minutes of volunteerism by ‘acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world’.

In honour of Nelson Mandela, PATA staff devoted their 67 minutes of volunteer service to painting and playing with children from Kidzpositive at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. The Kidzpositive Family Fund  is dedicated to improving the health of HIV-positive children in Southern Africa. Their goal is to generate funds for grassroots support of mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS.  Please click this link to find out more about Kidzpositive http://www.kidzpositive.org .

PATA wishes Nelson Mandela a happy birthday and a speedy recovery.

7.      PATA Welcomes New Staff

 Luann Hatane, Margail Brown and Vanessa Djoumessi have recently joined PATA’s head office in Cape Town, South Africa.

Luann Hatane will be joining PATA as the new Senior Programmes Manager. Luann will be helping PATA to expand and advance our programmes to reach more HIV-infected children and oversee the general management of all PATA programmes.

Margail Brown is PATA’s new Administration Officer. Margail is responsible for general administration to assist with the efficient running of the PATA office.

Vanessa Djoumessi is PATA’s new Clinic Liaison and Finance Officer. Vanessa will be responsible for communicating with clinics in the PATA network as well as financial record keeping. We are very pleased to have a French-speaking staff member – bienvenu Vanessa.

A big welcome to Luann, Margail and Vanessa. We wish you all of the best in your new roles and look forward to the contributions you will make to PATA’s growth. Luann can be contacted at Luann@teampata.org, Margail at Margail@teampata.org and Vanessa at Vanessa@teampata.org.

8.      USAID Technical Brief on Transitioning

 A USAID technical brief entitled ‘Transitioning of Care and Other Services for Adolescents Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa’ is a valuable resource for program managers at clinics or hospitals to develop services for adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) and their families or caregivers. This technical brief assists ALHIV in the transitioning process towards self-management and entry into adult clinical care. This technical brief also describes how to provide multidisciplinary adolescent-specific care, support and treatment services.

Please click the link below to download this technical brief:

http://www.aidstar-one.com/focus_areas/care_and_support/resources/technical_briefs/alhiv_transitions

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