Paediatric HIV Care

Worldwide 1.7 million children live with HIV. Not even half of them access treatment and care. Without medication, 50% will die before age two. This is unacceptable. So Aidsfonds developed the Kids to Care model. See below what this is about and join us in bringing kids to care!

Paediatric HIV Care

Worldwide 1.7 million children live with HIV. Not even half of them access treatment and care. Without medication, 50% will die before age two. This is unacceptable. So Aidsfonds developed the Kids to Care model. See below what this is about and join us in bringing kids to care!

Why children are left behind in HIV care

A high number of children living with HIV and pregnant women are still unaware of their HIV status or not able to start and continue treatment. They have to deal with long distances to a health facility, lack of means to cover transport to a clinic or to ensure healthy nutrition, limited knowledge about HIV prevention and treatment, as well as with stigma and traditional healing believes. At health facility level, staff is often overburdened and not sufficiently trained to offer child-friendly services. Paediatric HIV medicines are not always in stock. This all makes children and pregnant women not accessing health services to enroll in appropriate and life-saving HIV care and support.

The Aidsfonds paediatric HIV approach

Our approach comprises five components that mutually reinforce each other: community-based programmes; linking & learning; strategic partnerships, advocacy and research. With this comprehensive package we are determined to reach the following goals:

  1. All children living with HIV are supported to start and continue their treatment and live healthy lives
  2. Appropriate and child-friendly HIV treatment is available, accessible and affordable for all children and their caregivers
  3. All pregnant women living with HIV receive treatment and their children are born and remain HIV free
Infographic paediatric HIV approach

The Kids to Care model

Aidsfonds works in collaboration with governments and local partners, to test and scale up community-based HIV programmes. These are based on our Kids to Care model which:

• Empowers communities to find and support pregnant women and children living with HIV
• Strengthens the links between communities and health facilities.

Community health workers are a crucial link at all four stages of HIV care for children: find, test, start and stay. It means children can live healthily with HIV.

Results of three years of the Aidsfonds paediatric HIV approach

Result numbers of 3 years paediatric HIV approach

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Wake up! Our children are dying

"It does require a huge commitment, politically, financially but also from civil society to ensure that children are not left behind," says Shaun Mellors, director of programmes and technical assistance at ViiV Healthcare Positive Action. "We see Aidsfonds as a very important strategic partner to Positive Action but also to the global agenda to end paediatric AIDS."


Watch the video with Shaun Mellors' call to end paediatric AIDS

Where we work

In 2016 Aidsfonds piloted and further developed the community intervention model for paediatric HIV in the Towards and AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda programme. Based on its positive results and valuable lessons including sustainability we contextualized and rolled out the model in Zimbabwe and Kenya in 2018.

Currently the model is being implemented in 6 African high-burden countries to successfully find missing children in need of HIV treatment, care and support.

Map of Africa with indication of countries we work

Our partners

Paediatric HIV and COVID-19

COVID-19 affects the HIV response and influences the work of local communities in reaching children affected by HIV. Our partners are dedicated to address the difficulties that impact community-led work. With a grant from the Aidsfonds COVID Response Fund, our South-African partner Zoë-Life saved lives with raising child-friendly awareness on COVID-19. They reached over 1000 children and another 1000 caregivers with age-appropriate, accurate COVID-19 and HIV information. Jackline Okinyi of Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya speaks out on behalf of children living with HIV in what is needed from local governments, in our Communities Speak Out on COVID-19 campaign.

Dive into our work

Click on 'resources, 'news', and 'stories' below to learn more about our work on paediatric HIV. 

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Paediatric HIV Breakthrough Partnership

The Breakthrough Partnership is a 3 year commitment to end paediatric HIV in reg...

Kusingata

In Inhambane province in Mozambique, the HIV prevalence rate has increased worri...

KidzAlive@Home

The KidzAlive@Home project in South Africa puts the child at the centre of care....

Lafiyan Yara

In eight districts in Taraba state, Nigeria, this project aims to increase uptak...

INUKA!

A healthy future for 3000 children living with HIV in Western Kenya. That’s wh...

Find, Test, Treat 4000 children living with HIV - phase 2

This programme in Zimbabwe is an intervention by SAfAIDS in collaboration with t...

Towards an AIDS free generation in Uganda (TAFU2)

This community-based program will trace children living with HIV, who are not ye...

Lafiyan Yara Baseline Assessment report

Lafiyan Yara Paediatric HIV project in Taraba State, Nigeria Baseline Assessmen...

COVID-19 and Gender - 4 ways to keep gender in focus

COVID-19 affects people differently depending on their gender and can increase t...

Aidsfonds World AIDS Day Report 2019

Almost half of the children living with HIV are not on treatment. Every 5 minute...

Aidsfonds Paediatric HIV Research 2019

Every 5 minutes, a child (aged 0-14) somewhere in the world dies due to&nbs...

Village Savings and Loan Associations intervention - 2pager

The Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) component under the Towards an...

Village Saving and Loans Associations intervention in Uganda study report

This intervention seeks to address socio-economic barriers and to facilitate eco...

Communities taking lead in reaching all children living with HIV - Mid term report

This mid term report presents achievements and lessons so far of the Towards an ...

Clinic-Community Collaboration Toolkit

Working together to improve PMTCT and paediatric HIV treatment, care and support...

Community Intervention model for reaching all children exposed to HIV

This document describes how the Towards an AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda (TAFU)...

Summary findings from TAFU2 baseline study

Key findings on the status of paediatric HIV prevention and treatment services i...

Towards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda (TAFU) Program: Endline Survey Conducted in Serere, Moroto,Napak, Mubende and Mityana Distrcts

This report presents results of the endline survey for the Towards an AIDS Free ...

Towards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda - Endline report TAFU1

This report presents results of the endline survey for the Towards an AIDS Free ...

How to increase uptake of HIV tests for HIV-exposed babies

This study is part of the Access, Service and Knowledge (ASK) Programme which ai...

Towards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda - Flyer

Following the successful pilot phase of the Towards an AIDS free generation in U...

Summary Evaluation report ‘Are You On The Right Track' Workbook in Zimbabwe

The workbook “Are you on the right track? is developed by organisations in Zim...

Psychosocial Support Source Book for vulnerable children in Malawi

This source book is an effective tool to strengthen the psychosocial support by ...

Working together for change: Making developmental partnerships work

Some lessons from the STOP AIDS NOW! South African partnership. Because we belie...

Advocacy for care, protection and support of orphans and vulnerable children

Advocacy is a useful tool to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable childre...

Three proposals granted in last year’s call

A total of 36 project proposals were submitted following Aidsfonds’ call for p...

Accelerating access to paediatric Dolutegravir for children living with HIV

At last, we have what we have been waiting for –  the paediatric Dolutegr...

New programme accelerates roll out of paediatric HIV medication

Aidsfonds and SAfAIDS have joined hands to accelerate access to the groundbreaki...

2nd Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Learning Collaborative for Africa (PAHLCA)

Virtual meeting on 4-5 May 2021 See flyer below for registration details ...

Joint children and HIV advocacy statement to feed UNAIDS PCB

It is crucial to continue the advocacy journey for children living with or affec...

Fighting COVID-19 and HIV: a daunting task

In April 2020, it was clear that COVID-19 and preventive measures taken in count...

Paediatric HIV Breakthrough Partnership kicks off

Mid-2020 the new Paediatric HIV Breakthrough Partnership has kicked off in Mozam...

Raising child-friendly COVID-19 awareness saved lives

How to teach children living with HIV about the coronavirus and make sure they s...

Results UNAIDS strategy session to end HIV in children, adolescents, and families

Article written by and originally published on Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS F...

Become an activist for children living with HIV – join HIV2020 session

On August 18 a virtual interactive session “Time is running out for children l...

Grandmother stays resilient despite COVID-19 challenges

The pandemic have greatly affected 67-year-old Namusoke Scholastic, who lives in...

Facilitation of expert clients to follow up on ARV adherence during COVID

Being the eldest and a bread winner of a family of eight, 26-year-old Prossy fro...

UNAIDS report shows global 2020 targets not met

The global AIDS response is facing a major setback. Over the past five years the...

ViiV Healthcare announces FDA approval of first-ever dispersable HIV medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tivicay PD, a dolutegra...

Impact of Aidsfonds COVID Response Funding in Uganda

“Our main goal is to retain mothers and children in HIV care amidst COVID-19 c...

"During the suspension of our activities, we modified the focus"

"The protection of our workers, their families, and the communities where we wor...

How to tell children the truth in a child-friendly way?

"It’s incredibly important to explain children about HIV in an understandable ...

Wake up, our children are dying: launch of Kigali declaration

Health GAP, together with Aidsfonds, GNP+, Réseau Grandir Ensemble, Coalition P...

Health GAP and Aidsfonds join forces for community-led paediatric HIV advocacy

The time to tackle the paediatric HIV crisis is now. Health GAP and Aidsfonds ha...

Mutual learning at Uganda-Kenya paediatric HIV exchange visit

As part of the Aidsfonds linking and learning initiative Women Fighting AIDS in ...

Action meeting on paediatric HIV care in Mozambique

Last month, Aidsfonds and Positive Action initiated a strategic planning and act...

Rapid result initiative successful ignition of finding children exposed to HIV

In our INUKA! programme community health volunteers are trained in paediatric HI...

Young women living with HIV demand equal access to dolutegravir in Kenya

440 women came together and marched in Nairobi to bring attention to the importa...

Mukoko: New mobile app improves data collection

What if field workers could easily process real time data on how many children t...

"It is in our hands to set the stage for paediatric Dolutegravir!"

An inspiring interview with Kenyan HIV activist Jacque Wambui about the approval...

The crucial role of Village Health Teams in HIV prevention and care for children

Jonathan has been working as a VHT for eight years in Uganda. VHT stands for Vil...

Prioritising children in Zimbabwe

“It is high time we begin prioritizing children”, says Dr. Angela Mushavi of...

A referral from the community health worker saved Bright`s life

Bright is 6 years old. His mother died in 2016 leaving him with his father Pasca...

We convinced Jariah to get back in care

“Jariah deliberately refused to take drugs for two months. She did not underst...

Get in touch with our experts

Are you interested to know more about the paediatric HIV approach or how to participate in scale-up of the Kids to Care model? Or do you want to share your thoughts on our work around paediatric HIV care? Do not hesitate to get in touch! Our paediatric HIV experts will be happy to hear from you: Sabrina Erné, Silvia Jongeling and Eliane Vrolings.

Portraits of Silvia, Sabrina and Eliane
Sabrina Erné, Silvia Jongeling and Eliane Vrolings

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