CSWG Policy Brief: Complementary and connected: Engaging community and faith-based organizations to deliver PMTCT and pediatric HIV services

To reach global pediatric HIV targets, efforts must extend beyond clinic doors. Community-based organisations (CBOs), faith-based organisations (FBOs) and places of worship can play a pivotal role in accelerating and expanding services. However, for their contribution to be amplified, they must be engaged as integral implementing partners in service delivery and effectively linked to the health system. A systematic approach is required to formally establish and resource these linkages, as well as embed them in district planning and coordination.

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CSWG Policy Brief: Point-of-care testing as a solution for timely early infant diagnosis

Despite remarkable progress in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), 160,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2016. Less than half of HIV-exposed infants (HEI) received early infant diagnosis (EID) within 6 weeks of life, a major challenge for early antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive infants.

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CSWG Policy Brief: Providing differentiated service delivery to children and adolescents

Children and adolescents living with HIV (CALHIV) have a lifetime of antiretroviral therapy (ART) ahead of them. An estimated 95% of HIV service delivery is currently facility-based, largely undifferentiated for individual need. Differentiated service delivery (DSD) is a client-centred approach, simplifying and adapting services to better meet the needs of people living with HIV and reducing unnecessary burdens on the health care system.

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CSWG Policy Brief: A child-centred approach for HIV programs

As part of their basic human rights, children need access to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, and a clean and safe environment to grow and develop to their full potential. Optimal health, learning and behavior outcomes stem from laying healthy foundations early in life through exposure to the right health care, nutrition, relationships and environment. Whether because of exposure, infection and/or drug effects, HIV impacts health, nutritional, learning and development outcomes.

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CSWG Policy Brief: Strategies to improve retention of mother-baby pairs in PMTCT programs

Approximately half of HIV infections among children take place during breastfeeding. While there has been success in retaining pregnant women on antiretroviral therapy (ART) during pregnancy, there has been inadequate focus on retention support to
mother-baby pairs (MBPs) during the breastfeeding period.

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CSWG Policy Brief: Addressing the service delivery needs of children of key populations

Motherhood is common among female sex workers (FSWs) and many have at least one biological child. People who inject drugs (PWID), men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are also part of families and have at-risk spouses and children in their households. Stigma and discrimination towards key populations (KP) can negatively impact their children’s access to health, education and protection services.

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Social Protection Policy Briefs - UNICEF, RIATT_ESA, the Coalition (2018)

Social Protection and HIV: Research Implications for Policy by UNICEF, the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Inter-Agency Task Team on Children Affected by AIDS (RIATT-ESA) and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS contain the following six briefs:

1: How can Social Protection reduce adolescent HIV-risk?

2: Combination Social Protection improves adolescent ART-adherence

3: Combination Social Protection reduces HIV-risk in adolescents

4: Social Protection: potential for improving HIV outcomes among adolescents

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HIV-sensitive Social Protection - ESAR Report (2018)

HIV-sensitive Social Protection: With focus on creating linkages between social cash transfer programmes and HIV services describes an intervention aiming to strengthen the linkages between HIV services and national social protection programmes and provides lessons learned from implementing the intervention in four countries. The focus of the programme is on families with children and adolescents, vulnerable to, or affected by HIV and AIDS.

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All In in ESA: Catalysing the HIV Response for Adolescents

Building on the collaborative effort that resulted in tremendous progress in scaling up lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa region (ESAR), UNAIDS and UNICEF launched a campaign titled All In to End Adolescent AIDS (All In) in 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Addressing adolescent girls and young women's risk and empowerment: Emerging lessons from the DREAMS Partnership

 

Recording of the presentation by Population Council on Addressing adolescent girls and young women's risk and empowerment: Emerging lessons from the DREAMS Partnership. July 11 2018 at UNICEF. The event was hosted by UNICEF's HIV and Gender sections.