In February 2016, the Coalition hosted a meeting focused on HIV-sensitive “care force” planning for children. Donors, program leaders and researchers came together to identify the necessary interventions, research, advocacy and investment required to meet the unique needs of those responsible for the unpaid care of children affected by HIV.

Methodology normally used for workforce planning at national or regional levels was used to help stakeholders think about better supporting familial and other unpaid workers who care for children in the home. The meeting was intended to both feed into results presented at the Coalition’s biennial symposium and, ultimately, drive action in order to reach this population.

In addition to the presentations provided below, the meeting resulted in a list of action items required to ensure the necessary support and resources for caregivers of children affected by HIV.

Presentations at HIV-Sensitive Care Force Planning for Children:

What do we mean by care? What is the potential of a care force?
Dr. Tamsen Rochat
Human Sciences Research Council & The Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS
Introductory Remarks

HIV – Early Childhood Development Regional and Global Perspectives 2016 – To be added soon
Mr. Pablo Stansbery
UNICEF- Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

HIV-Sensitive Care Force Planning
Ms. Noreen Huni
The Regional Interagency Task Team on Children and AIDS for Eastern & Southern Africa & Vice-Chair, The Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS
Plenary Presentations

Demography of the Family Careforce
Professor Vicky Hosegood, University of Southampton, UK & Africa Centre for Population Health/UKZN, South Africa
Professor of Demography and Family Health

Forecasting an Empowered Care Force That Matches Children’s Developmental Needs
Professor Alan Stein
Head of Section, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford University, Department of Psychiatry

CAREGIVER SUPPORTIVE POLICIES: An Analysis of the Gap Between What is Needed and What is Available for HIV-affected Families
Professor Jody Heymann
Dean, School of Public Health, UCLA

Saving Brains: Strategies to Fill the Gaps for Child Development
Dr. Karlee Silver
Grand Challenges Canada

Investing in an overall strategy & differentiated approaches
Dr. Peter Laugharn
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation