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HIV prevention programmes for children

In June 2011 UNAIDS and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive along with 22 countries, which, at the time, accounted for 90% of the global number of pregnant women living with HIV. The Global Plan galvanised global and national political will and action, resulting in some of the most impressive and significant gains in the history of the HIV response.

The ‘Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free’ initiative, which was launched in 2016 and is led by UNAIDS and PEPFAR, aims to build on the progress achieved under the Global Plan to scale up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for children, adolescents and young women. The initiative aims to elevate and amplify efforts that are already accelerating progress, including the DREAMS Partnership, the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative and ALL-IN.

This approach adopts a ‘lifecycle approach’ to programming, which means it responds to the changing contexts that people face at different ages.

The Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative has three parts:

  • Start Free aims to complete the job started by the Global Plan by reaching and sustaining 95% of pregnant women living with HIV with lifelong HIV treatment by 2018, and by reducing the number of newly infected children to fewer than 40,000 by 2018 and 20,000 by 2020.
  • Stay Free has the objective of ensuring that children with an HIV-free start stay HIV-free throughout their childhood. It aims to do this by intensifying the focus on reaching and empowering adolescent girls and young women and engaging men and boys.
  • AIDS Free targets the children and adolescents living with HIV who often are left behind by HIV responses. The initiative aims to provide 1.6 million children (aged 0 to 14) and 1.2 million adolescents (aged 15 to 19) living with HIV with ART by 2018.

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