Finding a way forward: principles and strategies to reduce the impacts of AIDS on children and families

Finding a way forward: principles and strategies to reduce the impacts of AIDS on children and families

Why no single intervention will ever be effective enough in the struggle against HIV/AIDS

As programs to date have reached only a small fraction of the most vulnerable children in the countries hardest hit by AIDS, the fundamental challenge is to develop interventions that make a difference over the long haul in the lives of the children and families affected by HIV/AIDS at a scale that approaches the magnitude of their needs.

By itself, the paper argues, no single intervention will make a substantial impact on the full range of economic and psychosocial problems HIV/AIDS is causing among children and families. The problems are too many and varied. What is needed is: a planned and coordinated set of policy, social mobilization, and programmatic interventions by public sector and civil society actors and strategic response from government leadership.In order to be effective strategic responses would need to stress:

  • intersectoral collaboration
  • a sound policy framework
  • clear criteria for programmatic interventions
  • community mobilisation and capacity building
  • effective microfinance services
  • appropriate development interventions
  • support for education
  • sustainable relief measures
  • cost effective sustainable responses
  • the development of effective structures for collaboration
  • monitoring evaluation and research
  • integrated care and prevention
  • building of political, public and donor support

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