This learning session, co-hosted by WHO and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS, brought together 43 global thought leaders from the HIV, sexual and reproductive health, early childhood development, poverty reduction, rights, gender, exclusion and mental health sectors to develop an evidence-informed advocacy agenda for HIV-affected adolescent mothers and their children. The learning session had the following objectives:
• to identify gaps and consolidate key scientific and programmatic evidence on the scale and nature of the needs of HIVaffected adolescent mothers and their children and proven solutions to address them; and
• to establish a set of advocacy recommendations for changes for governments, donors, policy-makers and civil society.
The learning session was accompanied by a comprehensive evidence review (1); a video of young mothers from across Africa (2); and an advocacy briefing (3) on what needs to change to deliver an effective integrated approach for children and adolescents.
Below are the draft advocacy recommendations working groups created during the learning session.