The pediatric unit was started as a center to provide service to HIV infected children and HIV exposed infants in July 2006 G.C. It was established under the support of Clinton Foundation and was inaugurated by former president of the USA William J. Clinton. In 2014, the unit was expanded to provide service to children with emergency conditions, malnutrition and dermatologic problems.
Routine care will be provided to HIV infected children including clinical review and ART drug prescription. In patient care is provided to children who need admission. All services for ART clients are free of charge.
Adherence counseling is provided to children and their families before start of ART and intensive adherence support is provided to those with poor adherence. Tracking of lost patients is done via phone call. Disclosure support is given to all children and families and disclosure of HIV status is made upon readiness of the child and family.
There are more than 400 children and adolescents who are disclosed of their HIV status and part of this support group. A group of 20-25 meets every week to make discussion on different health topics.
Outpatient services are provided to children with emergency conditions and consultation cases from different departments.
- In patient services
- In patient service is provided to children who need admission.
- Outpatient therapeutic program for malnourished children
There is nutrition unit where malnourished children get supplementary and therapeutic foods follow up and nutrition counseling.
- Regular outpatient Service is provided from Monday to Friday from 8:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M in the morning and 1:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M in the afternoon. In patient service is provided from Monday to Sunday any time of the day.
Number of staff
- There is on Pediatrician, two general practitioners, one health officer, one pharmacy professional, one nutritionist, 9 nurses, one phlebotomist,2 peer supporters and 2 runners.
- Patient uptake
- On average 40 patients are served at the outpatient department and the bed occupancy rate for the in patient service is 87.7 %.