Adolescent and young people (ages 10 – 24 years) have access to and are retained in a range of effective and responsive HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, together with policies and programmes that meet their unique needs.
AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents 10-19 years in Africa. Adolescents and young people living with HIV (A/YPLHIV) remain an inadequately served population, with less access to ART than adults, experiencing lower rates of adherence, virological suppression and immunologic recovery.
Amidst renewed urgency in the HIV response for adolescence through initiatives, such as; DREAMS, ACT and All In, there remains a critical need to identify and disseminate approaches that effectively adapt global targets and recommendations to local contexts and realities. While some health facilities have developed novel operational approaches in response to the unique needs of ALHIV, too often these initiatives are unreported. Documentation of novel operational approaches and promising practice is a key to providing evidence for dedicated and differentiated adolescent friendly policy and practice.
Improved knowledge and shared learning in adolescent HIV friendly service, policy and practice
• Capacity building and provision of small activation grants to addresses gaps and strengthen promising adolescent HIV and SRH practice, youth engagement and leadership
• Develop promising practice briefs that highlight adolescent-friendly models for improved access to and retention in HIV and SRH services
• Provide the PATA network with information and guidance on how to implement and address A/YPLHIV service gaps
• Document models that highlight the active involvement and capacity building of A/YPLHIV in planning, delivering and evaluating services that impact them
• Facilitate summits or forums for regional learning and networking, and offer a platform for A/YPLHIV to engage with health providers, network structures and policy makers