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

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

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 and Carmen Roebersen.

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