Now more than ever! A need to reach the youngest children affected by HIV and AIDS

July 8, 2014

There is an urgent need to ensure that children affected by HIV and AIDS receive early integrated services to improve their long-term development. The Coalition of Children Affected by AIDS has developed priority actions for early integrated interventions to protect children in their early years.

Only 39% of HIV exposed children are tested for HIV within two month of birth. Too many children are lost in the gap between mother-to-child-transmission and orphans and vulnerable children programmes. The Coalition of Children Affected by AIDS advocates for an integrated package of services to be delivered across the health, early childhood development, and care and support sectors. Such an approach ensures that children continue to be cared for starting from birth. Besides, in the long run it will be more efficient and cheaper.

The Coalition's priority actions are listed in a pamphlet, including several case studies showing promising examples on how to integrate services for young children. The pamphlet will be launched at the Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now Pre-Conference in Melbourne on July 18-19, 2014.

STOP AIDS NOW! participates in the Coalition of Children Affected by AIDS to jointly lobby, exchange information and build expertise.