Admission of Physically disabled OVC to Kimbilio Hospice Centre

Margaret Makokha Taifa, an active 8-year-old OVC under the Ekonjero satellite, was enrolled in AIDS care and treatment at Shisaba health center in Butere. She is physically disabled with no fully developed speech. Margaret is the last born child among the 3 children to Mr. Charles Taifa who is a widower

She stayed with her father alone in their household in Lunza hence most of the time she was lonely and went without food. The father who was busy fending for her was always absent from the homestead living her without alternative support. Being a girl child, she lacked someone to clean her appropriately. Furthermore, she seemed to be losing a viral load suppression battle since she held 1248 copies which were way risky to her health.

ADS Western OVC programming made a major milestone in securing an alternative home for an extremely needy OVC. Margaret was enrolled in the project in 2020. With the routine household visit, ADS-Western Social Worker and CHV established the need for the OVC and developed a strategy to seek a temporary alternative home by march 2021. By adhering to the full legal procedure for changing a home for an OVC, ADS- proceeded to solicit admission and upkeep funds at the Kimbilio Hospice Centre. ADS-Kakamega staff managed to raise a total of Kes. 15,800 which was sufficient to enroll in the OVC and cater to her varied needs. At the Kimbilio Hospice Centre, the OVC underwent thorough specialized care for a period of about 6 months. This included physiotherapy, HIV care, and treatment therapy, and other specialized care from the Centre.

The caregiver to the OVC Mr. Charles Taifa was overwhelmed with joy after reaching his daughter’s designated home. Equally, there was fulfillment by ADS-Mwendo staff on this milestone. The OVC was provided with an emergency fund that was key in providing for basic necessities of Margaret. Margaret’s situation improved. During our monitoring visit in August 2021, Margaret’s Viral load had gone to LDL with only 48 copies.

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