The Challenge

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!

Africaid Zvandiri

Africaid Zvandiri

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.

Brewin Foundation

Brewin Foundation

Based in Zigoti, Uganda, the Brewin Foundation is using Economic Adherence Support Groups to improve retention and viral suppression among children and adolescents living with HIV and AIDS. Learn more about the project in this blog post and case study.

Center for Development and Capacity Building

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.

YLabs

YLabs

YLabs’ pilot project in Kigali, Rwanda, combined peer-led financial literacy training and social transfers to promote medication adherence and retention in care among adolescents with HIV. Learn more about the project in this blog post. Case study coming soon. 

Catholic Diocese of Ngong

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.

University College London

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.

Cheer Up

Cheer Up

Based in Kiambu, Kenya, Cheer Up used a Household Economic Strengthening approach for improved HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. Learn more about the project in this blog post and in this case study.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation 

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation 

EGPAF’s Bread of Life project uses a family-focused, asset-based approach to address barriers to retention in care and treatment outcomes for people living with HIV in Turkana County, Kenya. Learn more about the project in this blog post and case study.

Learn More

Learn More

Read more about the winners here.