Towards an AIDS free generation in Uganda (TAFU2)

Towards an AIDS free generation in Uganda (TAFU2)

Health GAP and Aidsfonds join forces for community-led paediatric HIV advocacy

The time to tackle the paediatric HIV crisis is now. Health GAP and Aidsfonds have recently joined forces to strengthen community-led advocacy of paediatric HIV. Aim is to call on governments, donors and pharmaceutical companies to pick up the pace to deliver on their recent public commitments to children living with HIV and their mothers, starting in Uganda and Mozambique.

Teaming up for evidence-based advocacy

In  Mozambique and Uganda, we team up with the networks of people living with HIV, including networks of young people and of adolescent girls and young women. They are strong partners in HIV treatment and care advocacy. The gap lies in paediatric HIV in particular. By strengthening these networks in paediatric HIV care as well, our partners will be able to collect evidence-based advocacy to secure:

  • Timely Early Infant Diagnosis using point of care technology that provides an HIV diagnosis two hours after collecting blood. Time is of particular importance for the youngest children, as early initiation of treatment significantly reduces AIDS-related mortality.
  • Rapid adoption and roll-out of optimized HIV treatment for children

The collected evidence-based advocacy will feed a campaign towards governments in Uganda and Mozambique. With this campaign we aim to trigger greater action and accountability to reach children and their mothers who do not have access to timely HIV diagnosis and linkage to effective treatment. When successful, we will expand our efforts to other countries and worldwide eventually.  

 

The facts are clear

Children living with HIV are not getting the rapid diagnosis and linkage to quality treatment they need to live long and healthy lives. Governments around the world are failing to invest sufficient funding in paediatric treatment programs.  Moreover do they not implement community-led treatment programs that are proven to deliver quality clinical outcomes for children. Without a drastic shift, paediatric HIV care will not improve because it does not receive the prioritization that is essential.

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