Innovation in HIV programming

In November 2012, the MAC AIDS Fund provided UNICEF funding for a two-year project to improve and scale up access to HIV testing, treatment and care among children and adolescents.  The project was extended through 2016 to link HIV testing to follow-up treatment and support services particularly among 13-to19-year-olds living with HIV, as well as adolescents at highest risk for HIV infection (e.g.

Call for adolescent-friendly services for adolescents living with HIV in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 February 2016 – AIDS is the leading cause of death in adolescents in Kenya. In Nairobi, 60 adolescents voiced the need to have an effective service delivery system specifically tailored to their circumstances. They passionately made this call at a National Forum For and By Adolescents Living with AIDS, highlighting issues such as HIV prevention, care and treatment for adolescents.

Four ways UNICEF is working toward an #AIDSFreeGen

By Natalie Bailey

30 November 2015 – Children and adolescents (aged 0–19) make up one-third of the world’s population, but they are 100 per cent of the world’s future. More rapidly than ever before, we must deliver results to our youngest citizens so that we can achieve an AIDS-free generation. Here are a few ways UNICEF is working with partners to tackle HIV and AIDS throughout the world.

Strengthening early identification of pediatric HIV cases in Tanzania

Reaching out to key populations in Dar es Salaam

Meet Koku Silasi, a 36 year old woman from Bukoba, northern Tanzania where she worked as a farmer, barely making ends meet. She is separated from her husband and has a 13-year old boy who lives with her husband in Bukoba. She currently lives with her 7-month old daughter, Mary, in Dar es Salaam.

By Jacqueline Namfua

What Does Early Childhood Development Look Like?

We are born with billions of brain cells that need to be connected. In the first three years of life, trillions of these networks take shape. The connections that are used the most often take hold and remain for a lifetime. Luckily, fostering these connections can be easy and fun.

These activities do not always come naturally to caregivers. Furthermore, children born into challenging circumstances fall behind other children. For this reason, it is particularly important to share what we know about early childhood development with families facing extreme circumstances.