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Issue #5: September 2016
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Reaching All Children

Issue 5 - Fall 2016
After a very busy summer, the AIDS 2016 conference may seem like a distant memory. However, it helped to identify the work required of us if we are to reach the fast track treatment targets set for children as well as the Sustainable Development Goal of ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

For the Coalition, our time in Durban was also a unique opportunity to connect with our partners. Through our Symposium, Children and HIV: Equity Now!, we identified and discussed critical issues that must be addressed in order to reach all children in the epidemic. It was great to see many of you there; it was an impressive example of our community’s energy for, and commitment to, reaching all children!

In this Issue


Recent Highlights

 

Seeking Your Input

 

Upcoming Events

 

Comings & Goings


 

The Coalition broke new ground in Durban when it comes to the needs of children of key populations affected by HIV and AIDS.  Read about this work below as well as our upcoming advocacy meeting in Amsterdam.

As is so often the case, the discussions in Durban were only a starting point. The real work happens now and in the months to come. The Coalition hopes to support all of you in your efforts to carry the messages from the Symposium forward and in engaging other stakeholders to help us in our efforts. We have developed several tools to help spread the word about emerging evidence, promising programs, and, most importantly, the pressing needs facing children and adolescents living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. We encourage you to make use of these tools in the ways you deem most appropriate.
 
The presentations shared at the Symposium are available online. In addition to reviewing and sharing this information, you can help by:

  1. Making a commitment: Sign on to the Durban Statement on Children, Adolescents and HIV
  2. Joining the conversation on social media: Follow us on Twitter (@childrenandHIV) and join the conversation using #ReachAllChildren
  3. Sharing content focused on children & HIV such as:

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or feedback. There is much work to do between now and 2030. We look forward to partnering with you in pursuing our collective mission! 

Sincerely,
Lisa Bohmer  and Noreen Huni
Coalition Chair and Vice-Chair

Recent Highlights

#ReachAllChildren

Some of the highlights of the Children & HIV: Equity Now! were captured on Storify. We encourage you to take a look.

Shining a Brighter Spotlight on Children in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS

Coalition Chair, Lisa Bohmer recently published an op-ed in the Huffington Post calling for a greater focus on treatment, prevention, care and support for children in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. The full article can be found here.

Seeking Your Input

Establishing a Research Agenda

The International AIDS Society Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research and the World Health Organization are undertaking a global research prioritization process on HIV testing, treatment, care and support for children and adolescents. The partners are asking for help to inform this agenda. To that end, they ask that you please respond to this survey, which seeks to identify the most important research questions to ensure better outcomes for these populations. The deadline for taking the survey is October 10.

If you have any questions, please contact Diddie Schaaf.

Upcoming Events

Shadows to Light: Children of HIV-Affected Key Populations
Two years ago, the Coalition, along with our partners, asked ourselves a question: What do children of HIV-affected key populations need most?
 
Emerging information indicates that these children require special attention. They are too often negatively affected by society, either directly or by association with their parents. Though we know their parents face endemic violence, criminalisation, stigma and discrimination globally, what do we know of the children’s specific needs?

Children of HIV-affected key populations—sex workers, transgender people, people who use drugs, and gay men and other men who have sex with men—have remained largely in the shadows. To bring the issue into the light, the Coalition led an international working group — with partners including the International Network of People who Use Drugs, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, and University, of California, San Francisco Center for Excellence in Transgender Health, among others — to not only answer our question, but to develop a strategy to provide the necessary support for these children.
 
Our first task was documenting the issue and gaining a detailed understanding of the needs of these children. To that end, we: 

  • Surveyed 45 stakeholders;
  • Conducted a desk review; and
  • Interviewed HIV-affected parents representing key populations in six different countries.
These efforts showed that a large gap exists in services for children. Certainly, there are a few shining exceptions; organizations providing health care, childcare, advocacy, psychosocial support, legal support, food and nutrition, and school fees. It was also encouraging that more organizations were eager to provide service than were able due to limitations in funding and capacity. What became quite clear through our assessment is that, with support and encouragement, there is an untapped opportunity to do more to better support both these vulnerable parents and their children.  Highlights from these findings were shared in a presentation in Durban.
 
The Coalition will now move into action planning. From September 28-30, we are bringing together key stakeholders to build a roadmap designed to reach children of HIV-affected key populations with the right mix of care, support and advocacy. A report stemming from this meeting is estimated for delivery in October. We look forward to sharing that information with you and to working with you to ensure we reach all HIV-affected children, including those of key affected population.
Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale
In October, The Lancet will release a new series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale. Coalition member, Linda Richter has been very involved in the development of the series, which reviews the latest evidence on child development and interventions, analyzes what has been accomplished through investments in early childhood development, and looks at how successful programs can be scaled up to reach and support more families.
 
The launch of the Series takes place on Wednesday October 5, 2016, in Washington DC, on the margins of the World Bank Group’s annual meeting of Finance Ministers. There will also be a live webcast of the event from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT.
 
If you are interested in more information about the Series launch event, including access information for the live webcast, please contact LancetECD@gmmb.com. Follow the launch of the series and related events using #LancetECD.

Comings & Goings

A Warm Welcome and a Fond Farewell
Like many organizations – particularly those that are mission-driven - the Coalition is a tight-knit family. This month, we are excited to add a new member to that family even as others depart for new adventures.
 
We are very pleased to share that Corinna Csáky is joining us as Coalition Manager. Corinna’s experience includes a strong portfolio of assignments related to children’s issues, policy and advocacy, and managing global networks. Prior to joining the Coalition, she worked as an Adviser for UK Department for International Development, as Global Adviser on Child Protection for Save the Children, as Head of Advocacy for Family for Every Child, and, most recently, as the Director of Policy & Research for JK Rowling’s INGO, Lumos. 
 
It is with great affection that we bid farewell to Coalition Director, John Miller. After a decade with the group, John will be taking a well-deserved break to focus on writing and providing consulting services. “John’s leadership has been instrumental in steering the Coalition’s strategy and helping us to make important strides in service of our mission,“ said Coalition Chair, Lisa Bohmer. “His dedication and energy will be sorely missed.”
 
Former Coalition Chair, Kate Iorpenda and fellow member, Stuart Kean, will also be transitioning out of their Coalition roles as they leave their current organizations, World Vision and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, respectively.
 
“The Coalition has benefitted greatly from Kate’s involvement, particularly her grasp of the technical issues facing implementers on the ground, which provides a much-needed perspective of those doing the hard work in the field, and more importantly of the children they serve,” said John Miller.
 
Of Stuart, Coalition member Doortje ‘t Hart said “You are a star in bringing field evidence to high-level meetings, and the other way around.”
 
“We look forward to continuing to partner with John, Kate and Stuart as they move forward into their respective next chapters,” said Coalition Chair, Lisa Bohmer. “And we are so pleased to welcome Corinna to the team. I am confident she will serve the Coalition very well in the years ahead.”

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