Childhood HIV

Childhood HIV

[Childhood HIV is] a superb manual which comprehensively covers HIV and its management.” — Nonhlanhla P Khumalo, Editor of the SA Journal of Child Health

“We are using [Childhood HIV] for staff training, and it is working really well … I am thrilled to see people taking charge themselves, with minimal help and guidance, and having lively discussions about different aspects of HIV … Thank you for these wonderful materials.” — Karen Chubb, Cape Town, South Africa

Childhood HIV enables nurses and doctors to care for children with HIV infection. It covers:

  • an introduction to HIV in children,
  • the clinical and immunological diagnosis of HIV infection
  • management of children with and without antiretroviral treatment
  • antiretroviral drugs
  • opportunistic infections and
  • end-of-life care.

This programme was developed by experts with extensive experience managing childhood HIV, in particular at the renowned Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-920218-21-8
ISBN (PDF ebook): 978-1-920218-33-1
ISBN (reflowable edition): 978-1-920218-97-3

About the authors of Childhood HIV

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, David Woods consulted to UNICEF and the WHO, and is developing distance-learning courses and innovative, power-free medical devices for health professionals in under-resourced countries.

Prof Brian Eley is the head of the infectious disease unit at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town

Acknowledgements for Childhood HIV

The aim of this book is to promote and improve the care of all HIV-infected children, especially in under-resourced communities in southern Africa. The learning material is presented in a way to enable groups of healthcare workers to take responsibility for their own continuing training.

We wish to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Ms Patti Apolles, Dr Minette Coetzee, Prof Mark Cotton, Dr Teresa Edwards, Dr Beth Harley, Dr Steve Innes, Dr Karen Jennings, Dr James Nuttall, Ms Collette Mansfield, Dr Tammy Meyers and Prof David Power. When opinions differed between contributing colleagues, the simplest most practical choice was adopted. While every effort has been made to correct any errors in the text, the final decision and responsibility was ours alone.

Reference sources included the Handbook of Paediatric AIDS in Africa by the African Network for the Care of Children Affected by AIDS. Where possible, we attempted to comply with World Health Organisation, South African national and provincial, and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital HIV prevention, diagnostic and management protocols.

Our sincere thanks go to the publishers for their willingness to support this project.

Royalties from the sale of this book will go to Eduhealthcare, a not-for-profit organisation, which has the goal of improving the healthcare of children, especially in poor countries, through the education of nurses and doctors.

We thank Eduhealthcare for generously funding this project.

– Prof David Woods and Prof Brian Eley