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Building a Better Model AIDS Hospice

The number of HIV infected children in Zambia is over 100,000; relatively few hospice beds presently exist to care for them.

The pilot hospice was designed by MITís School of Architecture, with a village-like layout, open ambiance and natural lighting



Power of Love Nsaka Community Care Center, Lusaka, Zambia

The Power of Love Nsaka Community Care Center in Lusaka is spearheaded by the Power of Love Foundation, and funded in part by a grant from Family Care Foundation. POL is an organization formed around a simple belief: that the battle against the AIDS epidemic, the greatest humanitarian crisis in the history of man, can be won.

The Nsaka Community Care Center is the first of five community care centers planned by POL, and envisaged as a pilot to be replicated throughout urban and rural Zambia. The scope initially provides care for HIV infected children, and will eventually expand to the general population.

Project Manager Suresh Subramanian shares the following vision and goals of this innovative and comprehensive project:

"In Zambia there are presently a total of 10 hospices (of which 7 are fully functional) providing free palliative/in-patient care for terminally ill clinical AIDS cases.

"However, the number of HIV infected children in Zambia is presently over 100,000, with 30,000 in the city of Lusaka. And there are only a total of 15 hospice beds available for the 30,000 children diagnosed with clinical AIDS."

POLís goal is to build and run a cheaper hospice, get more people engaged in care giving and increase the productivity of individual caregivers. The pilot hospice was designed by MITís School of Architecture, with a village-like layout, open ambiance and natural lighting.

"Our initial operational goals," shares Suresh, "are to build and operate a hospice with capital and operating costs less than half of existing models, and to cover 25% of all HIV positive children in the pilot community."

For more project details click the following link: POL Nsaka.