Specific Areas of Interest Include:
Post-Natal Follow Up
Linking Children and Adolescents to Treatment
Paediatric Healthcare Delivery and Management
TB and HIV Innovations
Data Use Applications: NHLS Results for Action in Urban and Rural Settings
Data Use in Paediatric Programmes
Drug Resistance and Virological Failures in Paediatric Patients
Early Childhood Healthcare
Screening Tools in HIV Case FindingRetention in Care
In recent years South Africa, and countries in the South and East Africa region, have made important strides in addressing new HIV infections among children. In 2015, the Government of South Africa reported that coverage for HIV testing of pregnant women was now close to 100%, Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programs were offered in 98% of all health facilities, and HIV-positive pregnant women on Antiretroviral HIV Treatment (ART) was reported at 87.1% (National Department of Health, 2015). While there have been many successes in the country, there are lessons that the local government and implementing partners can learn from each other and from partners outside of the country.
The Best Practices and Innovations in Paediatric HIV and TB Care and Treatment meeting focused on best practices, evidence-based strategic and operational approaches, policies, and guidelines to address the treatment gap among children with HIV. This meeting provided a forum for implementing partners to showcase strategies that help achieve index testing, linkage, treatment, and retention targets.
Attendees of this meeting include the Paediatric-Adolescent Treatment Africa (PATA), UNICEF, WHO, ELMA Philanthropies, representatives from the South Africa Ministry of Health at the national and provincial levels, and other PEPFAR implementing partners.
At the conclusion of the main meeting, we convened a half-day meeting for a smaller group of invited partners and government counterparts to propose actions and recommendations based on scalable best practices and innovations.