The Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative was a public-private partnership that expanded pediatric HIV services in nine sub-Saharan African countries from 2014-2016, providing treatment to more than 560,000 children living with HIV.
Background: The recent scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services has rapidly accelerated antiretroviral therapy (ART) uptake among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa.
Caregivers mediate children's access to HIV care and their adherence to treatment. Support for caregivers may improve health outcomes in children, but fear of HIV stigma and discrimination can affect both uptake and delivery of support services.
Understanding the absolute and relative risk of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) acquisition during pregnancy and the postpartum period can inform HIV prevention strategies for women.
Bright and early Wednesday morning, nine speakers and more than 70 participants from international development organizations, donor agencies, and academia gathered at AIDS 2018 to discuss best practices and lessons learned from The Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT), reflecting how we can sustain and continue to accelerate progress in reaching children and adolescents living with HIV. Participants asked thoughtful questions and engaged in lively discussion with the panel of speakers, including reflection on challenges with case identification and the need for countries to strategically position point of care diagnostics.
Baylor-Malawi, with USAID funding, has developed a special JAIDS supplement featuring 11 articles which highlight lessons and best practices from the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative, a public-private partnership that expanded pediatric HIV services in nine sub-Saharan