While impressive progress has been made in the last decade, much work remains. Our sixth biennial symposium, which took place immediately prior to the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban, South Africa, addressed this important question:

With the epidemic still negatively affecting such vast numbers of children, adolescents and families, how do we ensure that we include those most in need, those most often missed, forgotten, or excluded—those who aren’t benefitting from traditional policies, funding and programming?

During the two day agenda, service providers, donors, researchers, advocates and policy leaders explored emerging evidence and promising programs to identify the issues and the children who most need our support.

Click here for a detailed program in PDF format.

Presentations from the Symposium are listed below in alphabetical order by last name of presenter.

Collaboration between PMTCT and key population programs: the key in reaching eMTCT among key populations
Night Joseph Baguma, PASADA, Tanzania

Taking Programming for Young Vulnerable Children into the SDG Era
Pia BrittoUNICEF

Investigating the psychosocial support needs of children of key populations
Michael ByamukamaREPSSI, Uganda

Parenting as an Injecting Drug User
Jude ByrneAIVL, Australia

The role of mom to mom volunteers in retaining clients in PMTCT clinic
Tegemea ChanafiPASADA, Tanzania

Acceptability and feasibility of acomprehensive, community-based, multicomponent intervention on early childhood development, adherence and retention in pediatric HIV care and treatment programs in Zimbabwe
Rudo ChingonoCeSHHAR, Zimbabwe

Responding to the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents living with HIV
Trevor ChirimambowaMillion Memory Project, Zimbabwe

Mitigating the impact of HIV on young children
Adele ClarkCatholic Relief Services, USA

Cash plus care: what is the evidence for improving PMTCT, pediatric and adolescent treatment outcomes?
Lucie CluverOxford University, UK and University of Cape Town, South Africa

Reducing child abuse for AIDS affected adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa
Lucie CluverOxford University, UK and University of Cape Town, South Africa

Violence victimization doubles adolescent ART-defaulting in South Africa
Lucie CluverOxford University, UK and University of Cape Town, South Africa

Framing the Debates: Equity and Priority Setting–Who Comes First and at What Cost?
Chris DesmondHSRC, South Africa & The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS

Children Left Behind: Treatment and Deliveries of Care Innovations
Vuyiseka Dubula, Human Rights and Gender activist & former General Secretary, Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa

Mothers for the Future program
Duduzile Dlamini, SWEAT, South Africa

Sex workers and their children – a conversation on community and facility responses
Duduzile Dlamini, SWEAT, South Africa
Sally Jean ShackletonSWEAT, South Africa

Maternal characteristics of women with HIV+ infants I South Africa
Geoffrey FattiKheth’Impilo, South Africa

The effectiveness of an early child development training intervention for caregivers of HIV-affected households in South Africa
Geoffrey FattiKheth’Impilo, South Africa

Building robust platforms for integrating ECD into the health sector by expanding the evidence base and strengthening the enabling environment: Insights from Kenya and Mozambique
Matthew FreyPATH, USA

Integrating ECD into Healthcare Settings
Tom FennCatholic Relief Services, USA
Shannon SenefeldCatholic Relief Services, USA

Strengthening the linkages between child protection and HIV programmes 
Sian Long
4Children, USA
Kelley Bunkers4Children, USA

The C3 Connection: Cultivating change through clinic-CBO collaboration
Luann HatanePediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa, South Africa

Community-driven accountability through women’s advocacy committees: a vehicle for improving reproductive and maternal health services for women living with HIV
Steven IphaniCoalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA), Malawi

Positive norms change: promising approaches for addressing the underlying drivers of sexual violence against children
Susan Kajura, World Education Inc/Bantwana Initiative, Uganda

Preventing HIV in young women-key to sustaining the successes of the Global Plan to eliminate HIV in children & keep mothers alive 
Quarraisha Abdool Karim, CAPRISA, South Africa

Improving child and caregiver experiences in health facility waiting rooms in Mozambique through integrated play sessions: lessons learned from a qualitative evaluation
Svetlana Karuskina-DrivdalePATH, Mozambique

Lessons learned in Scaling up Paediatric& Adolescent HIV Care & Treatment in a Resource Limited Setting: THe Expanded IMPACT Program
Rickie MalabaWorld Education Inc/Batwana, Zimbabwe

Support to children living with HIV and AIDS in Shinyanga Region
Deozawadi MaranduAgape AIDS Control Program, Tanzania

Learning from the past to inform the future: establishing definitions, tools and guidance to promote responsible graduation of children and households within OVC programming
Carrie MillerCatholic Relief Services, USA

Early directional findings of global working group on children of key populations
John MillerCoalition for Children Affected by AIDS, Canada

The ACCLAIM Project: Improved clinical outcomes and implementation experiences
Dephin MpofuElizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Swaziland
Masimba MupezeniElizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Zimbabwe

The TAFU Project: Improving Paediatric HIV & AIDS prevention and care outcomes by creating strong linkages between comminity and healthcare systems
Merian MusinguziICCO Cooperation, Uganda

Feasibility and effectiveness of positive parenting interventions in reducing HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women from grandparent headed households
Precious Muwoni, World Education Inc/Bantwana Initiative, Zimbabwe

Reaching all children – through their schools
Lynette MudekunyeREPSSI, South Africa
Kelvin NgomaREPSSI, Zambia

Children of people who use drugs in Kenya: Hidden lives
James NdimbiiKANCO, Kenya

The issues facing children of HIV-affected gay men and other men who have sex with men in Kenya
Erastus NdundaHOYMAS, Kenya

Addressing psychosocial impacts of HIV/AIDS through skilful parenting interventions in East Africa
Beatrice Ogutu, ICS & PAN, Kenya

Don’t ignore the children of sex workers: a situation analysis
Philomena OmoregieSociety for Family Health, Nigeria

Cash transfers and HIV Risk: The impact of large-scale programs on structural determinants of HIV and HIV risk behaviours among youth in Sub-Saharan Africa
Amber PetermanUNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, UNICEF, Italy

HIV and early childhood developement – new frontiers
Linda RichterDST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, South Africa

One size does not fit all: program approaches need to consider country differences for regional responses – children and HIV as a case in question
Kathryn RobertsUniversity College London, UK

Clinician skills in screening and counselling on early childhood development and nutrition: findings from Mozambique
Debjeet SenPATH, Kenya

Reusable sanitary pad and menstrual education intervention in rural South Africa
Najma ShaikhKheth’Impilo, South Africa

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights program in a rural high school in South Africa: a school-based clinic-linked model for delivery
Najma ShaikhKheth’Impilo, South Africaa

Community-based organisations – potential to break the cycle of risk for young children?
Lorraine SherrUniversity College London, UK

Boys will be boys? Gender differences in vulnerable children in a community-based study in Malawi and South Africa
Sarah SkeenStellenbosch University, South Africa

Strengthening government and community based systems to bring comprehensive child health and development services to rural households
Gugulethu Sokhela, PATH, South Africa

Coping with loss: a randomized controlled trial of a structured peer support group for bereaved female adolescents in South Africa
Tonya ThurmanTulane University & Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center, South Africa

Unleashing the potential of the informal care sector
Mark TomlinsonUniversity of Stellenbosch, South Africa

The multiplier effect of care: Protective sexual practices among HIV-positive adolescents
Elona ToskaOxford University, UK and Mzantsi Wakho Adolescent Health Research, South Africa

Determinants of school enrolment and absenteeism amongst the most vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda: an empirical investigation based on SCORE project’s vulnerability profiling
Patrick Walugembe, FHI360, Uganda

Impact of permagardening intervention on household vegetable consumption and income on highly vulnerable children and their caregivers, Ethiopia
Medhnait WubeFHI360, Ethiopia

Impact of the better parenting intervention on parental aptitudes and practices
Medhnait WubeFHI360, Ethiopia

Equity of services – do CBOs reach the most vulnerable children?
Alexa Yakubovich, University of Oxford, UK