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Paediatric ART

Welcome to the Peadiatric ART section.  Find here information to do with children and treatment.

Namibia National Strategy and Action Plan for the Elimination of new Paediatric HIV Infections and Keeping Their Mothers Alive 2012/13 - 2015/16

The eMTCT strategy runs four years from 2012/2013 and the final reporting period will be 2015/16. Indicators for monitoring the progress of the implementation of the eMTCT strategy are clearly defined and partners are obligated to monitor their pace of achievement using the agreed indicators depicted here. The success of this eMTCT strategy depends on the commitment of all line ministries, development partners, NGOs and communities investing in HIV prevention and care, maternal and neonatal health in the country.

Families and Communities for the Elimination of Pediatric HIV (FACE Pediatric HIV Programme)

SAfAIDS is a partner in the FACE-Pediatric HIV Consortium led by OPHID, which is implementing a five-year national program   to eliminate new HIV infections in children and improve the survival of mothers and children in line with the national strategic plan. SAfAIDS’ principal role in the partnership is to strengthen community participation and engagement in integrated PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Care.

Important changes to nevirapine dosing advice made by FDA

Babies and children should receive doses of nevirapine (Viramune) according to their surface area rather than their weight, according to new prescribing advice issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Other new prescribing advice includes a recommendation that the "lead-in" once daily dose period should not exceed 28 days, and firmer cautions about the use of nevirapine by patients with liver problems.

HIV-positive children vaccinated against influenza have weaker protective immune response

Influenza vaccine is effective in HIV-positive children who have responded well to antiretroviral therapy, but the protective immune response is weaker than that seen in healthy HIV-negative children, according to a study appearing in the July 1st Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

AIDS and childhood in Southern Africa

"My sister is six years old. There are no grown-ups living with us. I need a bathroom tap and clothes and shoes. And water also, inside the house. But especially, somebody to tuck me and my sister in at night." Apiwe, aged 13. The death of a parent turns a child's life upside down, but when AIDS is the cause, the tragedy is magnified.

Literature Review Report: Regional Children's HIV Treatment Literacy Toolkit for Communities

Antiretroviral therapy relates to the process of treating someone following a positive HIV test result. It involves counselling, support and advice on nutrition and lifestyle, blood tests to determine the status of your health and the eventual taking of antiretroviral drugs, (SAfAIDS, 2007). There has been little documentation of experiences in the identification, treatment and management of young children who are HIV positive. In addition there is scarce information about how communities, caregivers and health providers can work together to improve access to treatment for children, (The Population Council, 2006). The challenge in the region is therefore the availability of information that can be accessed by young children infected and affected by HIV, and their carers to gain a better understanding of the epidemic and how it impacts on them personally and at community level.
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