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 paediatric programme works on-site with individual health facilities to build the knowledge and skills of healthcare workers.
- 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.
We also provide training on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission, including:
‘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