COVID-19 is having catastrophic and lasting consequences for millions of children, adolescents and caregivers affected by HIV and AIDS. The stigma, co-morbidities and socio-economic vulnerabilities associated with HIV and AIDS, leave them especially vulnerable to the new pandemic and its impacts. Lock downs have curtailed livelihoods and the support they rely on in order to survive and thrive. We have published a new Policy Briefing calling for action now to prevent those already made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS from being further impacted; and so as not lose precious gains made against HIV. Read the COVID-19 Policy Briefing now.
Despite commendable progress in tackling HIV, there are still huge numbers of children out of the reach of HIV testing, treatment and care. Tackling the exclusion of these children is fundamental to achieving HIV targets. The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS is calling for differentiated service delivery models, including broader social and economic support, to ensure that all children affected by HIV/AIDS can be tested, treated and cared for. This brief, launched at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam, highlights the priorities on which the world must focus in order to end AIDS in children.
At the AIDSImpact conference in November of 2017, the Coalition issued an advocacy brief highlighting what it will take to reach the poorest, most excluded children for who, advances in HIV treatment, prevention and care remain out of reach.
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. Presentations from this meeting can be found here.
In advance of AIDS 2012, the Coalition hosted a two day meeting focused on ending vertical transmission through community action. All presentations from these meetings are available here.
In 2012, Coalition member, Linda Richter, edited a special issue of the Journal of the International AIDS Society. The issue focused on Community action to end new paediatric HIV infections. The full issue is available here.
Strengthening communities so they can respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis is critical for today’s children and vital for future generations.
Children affected by HIV and AIDS are best cared for in functional families with basic income security, access to health care and education, and support from kin and community.
A step-by-step guide for people who want to make HIV and AIDS services and activities more effective in their communities.
Where the heart is: Meeting the psychosocial needs of young children in the context of HIV/AIDS is an opinion piece developed through a series of four workshops organised by the Bernard van Leer Foundation entitled “On the Road to Toronto.”
This document is a review of the scientific evidence and practice experience in providing what has come to be called psychosocial programming and support for children infected with and affected by HIV, and their caregivers.