In 2019, the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS partnered with ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Challenges to launch a new effort to reach all children. The resulting Reaching All Children Positive Action Challenge awarded $40,000 in grants to eight organizations dedicated to helping children and adolescents affected by HIV in low- or middle-income countries. Each winner received $5,000 to produce either a scientific article or a case study that documented how the use of social protection supports HIV testing, treatment, and care for children.
The Coalition received over 150 pages of evidence showing how social protection is currently working to help children in Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. These case studies have greatly expanded our body of knowledge and will be an invaluable tool to drive attention towards integrated programming. All eight innovations were showcased during a Webinar co-hosted by the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS on Harnessing Social Protection to Improve HIV Outcomes in Vulnerable Children and Adolescents on 25 February 2021. Watch the webinar here.
Congratulations to the Winners!
Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africaid’s Zvandiri program promotes HIV and social protection outcomes among children, adolescents, and young people through the engagement of peers in a national HIV-sensitive case management system. Learn more about the project in this blog post and watch the case study films produced during Africaid’s 2019 storytelling workshop. Watch the innovation video here.
Center for Development and Capacity Building
Based in Addis Ababa, the Center for Development and Capacity Building is mobilizing HIV-positive mothers and their babies for prevention of mother-to-child transmission services in Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia. Learn more about the project in this blog post and in this case study. Watch the innovation video here.
Catholic Diocese of Ngong
Based in Ngong, Kenya, the Catholic Diocese of Ngong is using a case management approach to help orphans and vulnerable children, while improving the resilience of families affected by HIV and AIDS. Learn more about the project in this blog post and in this case study. Watch the innovation video here.
University College London
Researchers at University College London used data collected from 796 HIV-affected children (ages 5-15) attending community-based organizations in South Africa and Malawi to study how cash grants combined with quality nutrition affect child cognitive outcomes. Learn more about the project in this blog post and in this case study. Watch the video here.