Accelerated Children Treatment Program

Project duration: July, 2015 to June, 2017 

Description

 AGPAHI was awarded this two-year grant project to complement PEPFAR initiatives in scaling up HIV and AIDS paediatric care and treatment activities in four councils of Shinyanga region namely; Kahama TC, Ushetu DC, Msalala DC and Shinyanga MC. The project complement efforts of the C&T project in increasing the number of children on ART and address the 90-90-90 UNAIDS agenda by improving paediatric health service delivery.

The project focuses on accelerated identification of HIV positive children, enrolment into care and timely initiation of children on ART to prolong life. The project is funded by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) 

Achievement

Over six months of project implementation, AGPAHI has directly supported 26 health facilities to reach 11,478 children aged 0 to 14 years with HIV testing services, among them 265 children tested HIV positive and all were enrolled into care and initiated on ART. Furthermore, AGPAHI facilitated health facilities with the identification of children of index clients (HIV positive clients) through utilization of information provided in CTC2 cards.

Clients were sensitized to bring children to the health facilities for HIV testing during routine clinic days and on designated days for family testing. For clients that were unable to bring children to the health facilities home based testing was done. A total of 757 children of index clients were tested for, among them 37 tested HIV positive and were enrolled into care and initiated on ART.

 

Adolescents

The Adolescent Club at Shinyanga Regional Hospital is one of 12 established in local health facilities in late 2015, funded by the Accelerating Children’s HIV Treatment (ACT) Initiative. Organised by the Ariel Glaser Pediatric AIDS Healthcare Initiative (AGPAHI), the ACT implementing partner in the region, the clubs are a lifeline for their 475 members, aged 10 to 19, the population group at the highest risk of sickness and death from HIV. Typical teen challenges with puberty and social anxiety are vastly compounded by HIV.

 

Retention

The proportion of children disappearing from HIV treatment for three months or less is often more than 30%, with death a frequent outcome. But that is changing for the children of Shinyanga. In mid-2015, health facilities started to implement a new tracking protocol, improving how they track patients and mobilising volunteers to find these missing children and bring them back into care.

 

 

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