As part of its Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (MER) guidance, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released Version 2.3 in September 2018, which includes revised indicators for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programs. These indicators are intended for routine monitoring of service delivery (OVC_SERV) and HIV status (OVC_HIVSTAT) and are to be reported biannually by all global implementing partners.
The effect of community-based support for caregivers on the risk of virological failure in children and adolescents with HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe (ZENITH): an open-label, randomised controlled trial
At this UNICEF Learning Collaborative webinar, Dr. Lynne Mofenson will present an summary of the latest science related to HIV, women, children and adolescents presented recently at AIDS 2018.
Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free is a collaborative framework to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic among children, adolescents and young women by 2020. It builds on the successes achieved under the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan) and brings additional focus to the HIV prevention and treatment needs of children and adolescents.
Retention of children under 18 months testing HIV positive in care in Swaziland: a retrospective study
Significant progress has been made with respect to the initiation of children on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Southern Africa, including Swaziland, however, retention of these children in care poses a major challenge. The aim of the study was to assess retention to care in children testing HIV positive taking into account the number of return child welfare care (CWC) visits the child made.
HIV testing is the important entry point for HIV care and prevention service, but uptake of HIV testing and thus coverage of antiretroviral therapy are much lower in older children and adolescents than in adults. We investigated the effect of economic incentives provided to caregivers of children aged 8–17 years on uptake of HIV testing and counselling in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Scaling Up Pediatric HIV Testing by Incorporating Provider-Initiated HIV Testing into All Child Health Services in Hurungwe District, Zimbabwe
This study examined the effectiveness of integrating provider-initiated HIV testing services into pediatric care at 33 facilities in Zimbabwe. The intervention included community awareness raising using village health workers to increase referrals for HIV testing at health facilities. Nurses were also trained to test all children under five years old who had never received HIV testing services, and all children below two years old who had a negative HIV test more than three months prior. All results were recorded in child health booklets.
Building on the success of the first International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) Conference in Mumbai, India (February 2014), and the 2nd in Buenos Aires (May 2016), the ICPCN is delighted to bring you the 3rd ICPCN Conference: Inspiration, Innovation, Integration to take place in Durban, South Africa from Wednesday 30 May – Saturday 2 June 2018.
A Decision Framework for differentiated antiretroviral therapy delivery for children, adolescents and pregnant and breastfeeding women
A Decision Framework for ART Delivery for children, adolescents and pregnant and breastfeeding women, or the Decision Framework for Specific Populations as it is referred to throughout this document for ease, is aimed at supporting HIV programme managers at the national and district level to adapt or build differentiated models of ART delivery.
False-negative HIV tests using oral fluid tests in children taking antiretroviral therapy from Harare, Zimbabwe
Rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for HIV infection have high sensitivity and specificity, but in the setting of longstanding antiretroviral therapy (ART), can give false results that can lead to misinterpretation, confusion and inadequate management. The objective of this study was to evaluate the proportion of falsely negative results of a RDT performed on oral fluid in HIV-infected children on longstanding ART.