HIV programming according to different stages in life
Research has shown that the risks of HIV infection, the challenges of accessing services and the solutions to these challenges, change at different stages of life. To better understand the complex dynamics of the HIV epidemic and to provide tailor made solutions, Aidsfonds uses a ‘life-cycle approach’ for programming.
The life-cycle approach reflects the phases in the lives of children, adolescents and young people in the age of 0 to 24 years. Maternal health is an integral part of the approach during the prenatal, neonatal and infancy stages and when adolescent girls become pregnant. Through evidence-based mapping of the individual challenges per phase, we assess the needs in HIV prevention, treatment and care for that group. Subsequently we define the conditions of interventions at individual, community, health system and national level, and address structural barriers such as gender inequality, poverty and cultural practices.
Together with local partners we develop interventions which aim to empower children, adolescents and young people to prevent themselves from getting HIV or to adhere to treatment at every stage of their upbringing. So they can live confident and healthy lives.