PAEDIATRIC PROGRAMME

PAEDIATRIC PROGRAMME

CHIVA Africa is dedicated to improving healthcare for children living with HIV. Our core paediatric programme works closely with individual healthcare clinics to identify the specific challenges they face and help staff improve care.

After working with the DoH to identify the clinics in greatest need of support, our multidisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and dietitians work alongside these clinics to provide impactful, targeted, on-site mentoring, teaching, assessment and quality improvement support, to enable staff to identify challenges and take action to improve services.

OUR MODEL

Our paediatric programme works on-site with individual health facilities to build the knowledge and skills of healthcare workers.

Multidisciplinary teams provide mentoring and training to a variety of healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and psychologists.
Teaching and mentoring topics which address core components of quality HIV treatment and care include:
  • Managing ARV medication for children: drug preparations, dosing and side effects
  • Talking to children about their diagnosis
  • Adherence to medication
  • Nutrition and growth
  • Reinforcement of the South African paediatric and adolescent guidelines
  • Monitoring and interpretation of laboratory tests

Through continuous quality improvement, we enable healthcare staff to identify the specific challenges they face and empower them to find solutions to improve HIV treatment and care services for children and their families.

Managing ARV medication for children: drug preparations, dosing and side effects

Talking to children about their diagnosis

Adherence to medication and overcoming challenges

Nutrition and growth

Reinforcement of the South African paediatric and adolescent guidelines

Monitoring and interpretation of laboratory tests

We also provide training on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission, including:

Prevention of primary HIV infection

Preventing unintended pregnancies

Prevention of transmission during pregnancy, delivery and breast feeding

Treatment and support for mothers with HIV

Adolescent Programme

‘OUR YOUTH, OUR FUTURE’ – Adolescent Programme

UNAIDS estimates that there are 320,000 adolescents living with HIV in South Africa – this is the highest in the world. And with more than half of all HIV infections occurring in young people between the ages of 15 and 24, the HIV epidemic in South Africa has largely become a youth epidemic. At the same time as we care for our children born with HIV as they grow up, we need to care for those who contract HIV in adolescence and protect those who are HIV negative from becoming infected