Developing and Strengthening HIV Care and Support Services for Adolescents

This handbook has been written for practitioners working directly with children and adolescents living with HIV and for policy makers and management to help develop services and protocols. To that end, it includes policy and practice guidance for the development of services, practice models and practical examples. The global experience of HIV offers many shared elements and this handbook reflects these, setting out practical guidance and tools that can be used in different settings.

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Collecting and Reporting of Sex and Age Disaggregated Data

This report guides countries through the process of collecting and reporting sub-national data on adolescents to inform programme planning and implementation efforts. This guidance has been developed with the specific aim of identifying data gaps for adolescents and informing immediate programme planning needs at the sub-national level.

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Adolescent HIV Prevention

AIDS is the second leading cause of death among young women (15–24 years) in Africa. The majority of these deaths are among adolescents who acquired HIV as babies and lived to their teenage years - yet did not survive for reasons including never having been diagnosed with HIV, having slipped out of care, or not having responded successfully to HIV treatment.

If people believe in me, then I can do anything

By Yana Panfilova

30 November 2016 – HIV has never stood in the way of 18-year-old Yana Panfilova. In fact, it’s only driven her forward.

“It inspired me and encouraged me to do more as an activist,” she says. “If people believe in me then I can do anything.”

Yana has spent the last eight years campaigning in her native Ukraine to raise awareness in a country with one of the worst rates of HIV infection in Europe. In 2015, around 220,000 people were living with HIV and most newly-registered cases of infection were among young people.

Saving lives with early infant diagnosis of HIV

Early infant diagnosis is essential for saving the lives of HIV-positive babies. But in Sierra Leone’s Kenema Government Hospital, out-of-date testing kits meant that health professionals like Gladys Gassama often had to wait until children were 12 months old to determine their HIV status. Last year, with support from UNICEF and the EU, the hospital received a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine, which allows Gladys to test a child’s HIV status at birth and start life-saving antiretroviral treatment immediately.

Innovation for life, technology for children who need it most

Innovation technology is reaching children who need it the most in Malawi.

19 July 2016 – In 2016, many people living with HIV do not know their status. Innovative HIV prevention efforts, like early infant diagnosis, are helping to save children’s lives.

Every day, about eight women living with HIV and their babies travel long distances to the Ntaja Health Centre, in Malawi’s Machinga District, for diagnosis, treatment and care. Early Infant Diagnosis is integrated into the mother and child health-care programme.

HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents

UN children’s agency to showcase successes, innovations at AIDS Conference

DURBAN, South Africa, 18 July 2016 – As the 21st International AIDS Conference gets underway in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death.