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Families and Communities for the Elimination of Pediatric HIV (FACE Pediatric HIV Programme)

Families and Communities for the Elimination of Pediatric HIV

(FACE Pediatric HIV Programme)

 

SAfAIDS is a partner in the FACE-Pediatric HIV Consortium led by OPHID, which is implementing a five-year national program to eliminate new HIV infections in children and improve the survival of mothers and children in line with the national strategic plan. SAfAIDS’ principal role in the partnership is to strengthen community participation and engagement in integrated PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Care.

 

FACE Pediatric HIV Goal

The goal of the FACE Pediatric HIV Program can be describe at two levels; the global Consortium goal and the Community mobilization component goal spearheaded by SAfAIDS within the consortium.

 

The FACE Pediatric HIV Programme Goal

The goal of FACE Pediatric HIV Programme is to:

Eliminate new HIV infections in children and improve survival of mothers and children in line with the National Strategic Plan for Eliminating New HIV infections in Children and Keeping Mothers and Families Alive: 2011-2015

 

The SAfAIDS Community Mobilization Goal

The SAfAIDS Community Mobilization goal in the FACE Pediatric HIV Programme is to:

Increase uptake and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIV care and treatment services and creating an enabling environment for sustained elimination of new HIV infections in children and keeping mothers alive

 

SAfAIDS Strategic Approach

The SAfAIDS community mobilization for increased uptake and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIV care and treatment core strategies are threefold:

  1. Social mobilization for promoting health seeking behaviours for increased uptake of and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIV care and treatment
  2. Advocacy to address policy and social barriers to PMTCT service uptake and retention
  3. Communication targeted at providing PMTCT and pediatric HIV related standardized information as a tool to systematically influence social change for increased uptake and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIV care and treatment services.

Target

The community mobilization initiative targets the following groups in order to increase uptake and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIV care and treatment:

 

Primary Target

The primary target of this intervention includes Women of Child bearing age (HIV positive women, women of unknown HIV status and young women).

 

Secondary target

The secondary target of this intervention includes:

  • Men aged between 20 and 55 years
  • Leaders (Traditional and religious leaders, political leaders)
  • Government health related structures
  • Older women (mothers, mothers in law, sisters in law)
  • Traditional birth attendants

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