In 2014, approximately one-third (32%) of the world’s 2.6 million children living with HIV received antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Coverage has been especially low in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 90% of the global paediatric HIV population. Infants, children and young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) require specialised support from healthcare providers and communities to undertake treatment and stay in care. It is important to seek innovative ways to expand such services to improve paediatric ART access and ensure that quality care is delivered in a sustainable and holistic manner for infants, children and young people living with HIV. Together with the One to One Children’s Fund, we have partnered with 16 health facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia to implement the Expert Patient Programme. Since 2014, the EPP has supported 62 community health workers across 16 health facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia.