A GLOBAL HUB
ON CHILDREN AND HIV
Our mission is to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable
children through connecting the global community and providing
the most up-to-date information on HIV and other adversities.
Megan Collins for CRS
AREAS OF FOCUS
- CAPACITY BUILDING & SYSTEM STRENGTHENINGSystem strengthening includes building capacity of families, communities, civil society organizations and governments to provide social services, case management and referrals.
- CHILD PROTECTIONChild protection prevents and responds to abuse, exploitation and neglect, and family separation to ensure that children are cared for in a loving and supportive environment.
- ECONOMIC STRENGTHENINGEconomic strengthening interventions protect and strengthen the economic situation of households and empowers families to provide for the essential needs of their children.
- EDUCATIONEducation ensures children have access to a continuum of early childhood development opportunities, quality schools and life skills training to secure their future.
- HEALTH & NUTRITIONHealth and nutrition interventions for vulnerable children should provide a continuum of care that prevents and treats illness and promotes wellbeing for children and their families.
- PROGRAMMINGProgramming for vulnerable children includes general guidance on implementation, monitoring and evaluation and assuring quality services.
- PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORTPsychosocial support provides children and families with resources that build internal resilience for emotional, social, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
- SPECIAL POPULATIONSSpecial populations of children require additional support with individualized approaches for protection and inclusion.
Identification of children and adolescents living with HIV (C/ALHIV) is a key priority of PEPFAR to ensure timely diagnosis and linkage to life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART). Perinatally infected children, who were not identified during the PMTCT/EID phase, are living longer as ‘well-children,’ therefore finding them requires increased focus and targeted interventions. Index testing has proven… View ArticleRead more »
As COVID-19 has created a disruption across all aspects of OVC programming, Pact Tanzania’s OVC programs created innovative tools to support community case worker volunteers to appropriately respond to the situation. In Tanzania, the pandemic has caused fear and stigmatization as a lack of information has created an uncertain environment. Among OVC communities, there was… View ArticleRead more »
As part of AIDS 2020, Pact will be hosting a satellite symposium on building resilience among HIV-infected and affected children and adolescents. The focus of the session will be on the latest information, specific actions, and evidence-based approaches for getting to epidemic control among children and adolescents. Presentations and discussions will focus on case finding… View ArticleRead more »
In a recent publication by the Pact Tanzania team working on the USAID Kizazi Kipya project, a study assessed whether the sex of the caregiver is assocaited with a positive HIV status of OVC. The study found that “OVC in Tanznia with male caregivers have a 40% higher likelihood of being HIV-positive than those with… View ArticleRead more »
Working Together: A discussion on index testing for children What do Standard Operating Procedures mean for implementers? Wednesday, July 29th 8-...