In 2004, the International Committee of the Rotary Club of Cape Town donated R 100 000 toward the funding of flights and accommodation for 'treatment teams' visiting Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital, to exchange experience in the field of anti-retroviral therapy for children. These funds were matched by a donation from Sidaction. This project led directly to the first PATA (Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa) conference in Cape Town in November 2005. Twenty-two teams from 8 countries held a conference so successful that participants insisted that a PATA organisation should be founded. The second PATA conference was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Thirty-two teams from 18 countries held a second meeting, characterised by a vigorous exchange of experience and sharing of new ideas. In the course of the meeting it was calculated that these teams, together with another 19 PATA affiliates, take care of more than 30% of African children currently on anti-retroviral therapy. PATA presented a third conference in Manzini, Swaziland in 2007 (attended by 42 teams from 22 Sub-Saharan Countries, with strengthened ties to UNICEF, the Clinton Foundation and UNAIDS and a fourth conference in Kigali Rwanda in November 2008 Visit www.teampata.org for more information.
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