Amon Mukenga lost both his parents to AIDS and related infections. He lives with his grandmother who looks after 5 other orphans. She took him to get tested for HIV at the University Teaching Hospital in September 2011, as he was suffering from prolonged ear discharge and diarrhea. Amon tested positive for HIV and since his CD4 count was only 44, he started ARV medication soon after.
Amon's grandmother sells vegetables for a living and is able to send Amon to school with support from her relatives. His grandmother is appreciative of the food, medicines and care received since Amon joined Power of Love’s pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. In 2012 Amon's health is stable and his weight and CD4 count have increased since joining the ARC program.
Henry Milanzi is a 6-year-old boy. Along with his two younger brothers he lives with his grandmother, since his parents are separated. All 3 boys are HIV positive and are enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. The whereabouts of his father is not known, and his mother is believed to be staying with friends but not interested in caring for her children.
Before Henry was enrolled in the program, he used to suffer from diarrhea, coughing, oral thrush and skin rash and was in and out of hospital. After trying several private clinics and traditional healers, his grandmother brought him to POL’s clinic. Henry was counseled and tested HIV positive on 13th November and started taking ARVs the following month. His health is better and he has started attending school. Henry is in grade two and likes school.
Indopu Nasilele is 10 years old, and is the middle child in the family with one brother and one sister. He attends Chitanda Basic School in Matero Township and lives with his parents and siblings in a two-roomed rented house. His father is unemployed and his mother has a small shop at the marketplace. Like many of the other children in the ARC program, both of Indopu’s parents are HIV positive and are receiving ARV treatment.
Indopu tested HIV positive in 2010 and began taking ARVs in June 2011. Before starting ARVs he had to visit the hospital frequently as he had recurring high fevers and pneumonia. Now in 2012, Indopu is very good about taking his medication on time and his health is stable. He loves going to school every day and is doing well in his studies.
Nancy Chewe is 7 years old, and is cared for by her grandmother since she lost her mother and her father does not support her.
Nancy has been sick from the time she was born in 2006. Her grandmother says that Nancy used to suffer from diarrhea, coughing and chronic fever. She took her for testing in 2008 and she tested positive for HIV.
As a result of the continuous care provided by the Power of Love Foundation’s pediatric AIDS care program, Nancy’s health has since improved, her CD4 count is high and she has not needed to start on ARV’s. At this time, Nancy has no complaints and is studying in grade 1.
Martha Ngoma is 9 months old and the youngest in a family of six. Both her parents are HIV+ and on ARV treatment. When Martha was 3 months old she was admitted to the hospital twice after suffering from pneumonia, which prompted her mother to get her tested for HIV. When Martha tested positive, her mother enrolled her in the ARC program.
Martha’s mother learned of the ARC program in 2008 when she had her twins tested for HIV at Power of Love’s clinic. She said, “I was very happy for the services that you provided to my twins. [They] were malnourished and you provided the nutritional support and medication. I was very surprised when the twins tested negative because I was very convinced that they would be positive.”
Martha’s health is currently improving and we are looking forward to the results of the second test (when she may also test negative for HIV).
Miriam Chitembeya lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS and lives with her aunt along with her 3 brothers. Miriam and one of her brothers tested positive for HIV in 2009 and both are enrolled in the ARC program. Miriam is aware of her positive status and has a good understanding of the disease. She is able to collect medications and keeps all her clinic appointments on her own. Her aunt is appreciative of the food, medicines and health care services provided by the Power of Love Foundation.
At present, Miriam is in grade 8, though lack of funds for school fees may soon make it difficult for her to continue her studies. POL is looking for a scholarship for her.
Michael Mwale was born in June 1998. He has 5 siblings, though he lost three brothers to malaria. He lives with his mom and step father, as his father died of tuberculosis in 2005.
In 2007, he fell sick with diarrhea and vomiting and was tested for cholera and HIV, since his parents are HIV+. Michael was found to be HIV+ and was started on ARVs as his CD4 was just 200. At present his health is better, though he has some skin irritations. He is being provided with counseling and education on prevention of HIV.
Michael’s mother received a loan and business training from POL’s micro loans program and began selling various food items to help support the family. Michael is in grade 3 and his dream is to become a teacher.