The Coalition is a unique group of global donors, United Nations agencies, non-governmental agencies, and independent experts. We work together to enable all children affected by HIV and AIDS to survive and thrive at home, school and in their communities. This includes children and adolescents (aged 0-18 years) infected with HIV and AIDS; those at risk of infection; and children affected by the social and economic impacts of others close to them having the disease.

The Coalition aims to make the HIV sector more effective for children, and to mobilise broader international development sectors to ensure that they better serve children affected by HIV and AIDS. This strategic framework is by and for Members of the Coalition. It outlines our priorities for the period March 2017 – April 2019.  For more information please contact Corinna Csaky, Coalition Manager, Corinna.csaky@ccaba.org

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2017-19

  1. Ensure that the HIV sector enables all children affected by HIV and AIDS to survive and thrive through integrated, family-centred approaches, early childhood development, and family strengthening in a stigma-free environment.
  • Influence major global HIV policies, strategies and processes, including the Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free and 90-90-90 initiatives and the PEPFAR reauthorisation process.
  • Partner with like-minded champions within HIV-focused organisations in order to influence the HIV sector as a whole.
  • Promote the best interests of children at major international HIV events, including the AIDS Conference 2018.
  • Produce guidance on holistic family-centred approaches, early childhood development and family strengthening.
  1. Ensure that broader international development sectors effectively address the holistic needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • Facilitate new conversations and collaboration with thought leaders from within early childhood development, health (including maternal, new born and child health), emergencies, education, child care and protection and social protection.
  • Promote the best interests of children affected by HIV at major international development events, including, for example, the World Health Assembly 2017.
  • Influence major development policies, strategies and process including, for example, the UN Sustainable Development Goal implementation process and the UN humanitarian cluster system.
  1. Strengthen the voices of networks representing children affected by HIV and AIDS and their parents / carers, so that they can be champions of change.
  • Work with GNP+ and other interest groups to ensure that networks representing children affected by AIDS and their parents / carers play a prominent role in key international conferences including the AIDS Conference 2018 and other meetings within the beyond the HIV sector.
  • Host a capacity building event for these networks prior to AIDS Conference 2018.
  • Prepare advocacy materials, tools and guidance that can be adapted for use by these networks.
  • Produce communications materials featuring the voices of children affected by AIDS and their parents / carers for use at all levels.
  • Support these networks to fundraise for activities that contribute to The Coalition’s objectives.
  1. Amplify the leadership voice of Members of The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS.
  • Support Members’ role as ambassadors for The Coalition’s objectives within their own organisation, networks and events.
  • Expand The Coalition’s Board Membership and create a new tier of Advocate Membership.
  • Produce advocacy briefs synthesising new evidence and best practice on cutting edge issues[1] that members and partners can use to promote our objectives.
  • Promote our objectives and materials in high profile journals and other strategic publications, international media, and through webinars.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan that includes a revision of The Coalition the website; a quarterly newsletter; and a social media strategy.
  • Develop and implement a public campaign strategy including, for example, reaching out to a high profile (child?) ambassador; a film / campaign event; identifying a high profile strategic financial sponsor; commissioning a score card on children and HIV.[2]
  • Ensure that our work is fully resourced, evaluated and documented. 

 

[1] E.g. the effects of HIV on children on the move; HIV and early childhood development; how to protect children from HIV in emerging centres of burden, the children of key populations affected by HIV
[2] An example of this is the scorecard on child nutrition was developed by TheirWorld.