What we do

PATA aims to achieve the following on the frontline of paediatric and adolescent HIV service delivery:

Build and support 
an engaged network of health providers, facilities and communities

Facilitate Platforms

Facilitate platforms
for linking and learning to share knowledge and promising practices

HIV service delivery models

Champion innovative
and targeted paediatric and adolescent HIV service delivery models

Advocacy initiatives and partnerships

Generate, collate 
and disseminate evidence, and collaborate in joint advocacy initiatives and partnerships

Mission and Vision

PATA's Mission


 To mobilise, strengthen and build resilience in a network of frontline health providers, facilities and communities on the frontline of paediatric and adolescent HIV service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.

PATA's Vision


That all children and adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa receive optimal treatment, people-centred care and support, and live long healthy lives.

PATA History

In response to the growing South African HIV epidemic, a group of local health providers established the countries first paediatric treatment programme for HIV-infected children attached to Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). Funded and supported by the One to One Children’s Fund, the programme reached 300 children as one of the first paediatric treatment sites in the region. Over 90% of children initiated responded to treatment that was implemented as part of a holistic, family-centred approach. The GSH programme began hosting health provider teams from across South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, becoming an important learning ground for others who wanted to initiate paediatric treatment programmes. Seeing this peer learning in action inspired the birth of PATA as a knowledge sharing network of paediatric HIV health provider teams and led to the first PATA Forum convened in 2005. PATA was formally registered in 2007.

PATA Milestones

  • 2005


    First PATA Forum

  • 2007


    PATA (Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa) registers

    PATA’s forum methodology expands to local, national, regional and continental

  • 2011


    The Expert Patient Programme grows out of the 2010 PATA Summit held in Kenya

  • 2013


    PATA network expands to 258 health provider teams across sub-Saharan Africa

  • 2014


    C3 launches

  • 2015


    PATA conducts regional situational analysis

  • 2016


    PATA introduces first Youth Summit

    PATA network expands to 364 health provider teams across sub-Saharan Africa

    P2Z launches

    PATA establishes a Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) and Technical Advisory Panel (TAP)

    REACH pilot launches

  • 2017


    PATA begins operating as Paediatric – Adolescent [ribbon symbol] Treatment Africa

    PATA celebrates its 10th birthday, holding its 13th Continental Summit and largest forum to date

    READY+ launches

  • 2018


    Team PATA expands its team to include in-country technical advisors and country representatives

    First PATA Situational Analysis launches, “Reality check in paediatric and adolescent HIV: The here and now of service delivery on the frontline in sub-Saharan Africa”

    ABCD launches

    DSD4A launches

  • 2020


    Breakthrough partnership launches

    PATA hosts its first hybrid, in-person, and virtual summit

  • 2021


    READY 2 launches 

    Launch of the PATA Linking and Learning Hub 

    PATA network expands to include 575 health provider facilities across sub-Saharan Africa

Paediatric and adolescent HIV treatment

Our Theory of Change

PATA’s Theory of Change underpins our strategy for our action network of health providers and health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa to effect positive change in paediatric and adolescent HIV policy and service delivery on the frontline.

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