HIV is a global public health threat and a major burden nations. The Republic of South Sudan is part of global task force to ght HIV and AIDS. South Sudan has witnessed the effects and impact of the disease on her people. Two of these effects are stigma and discrimination, both self and enacted stigma, among all communities and social classes.
Children and adolescents are among the affected and are at high risk. Health workers have limited knowledge of paediatric HIV, tuberculosis and other sexually transmitted infections. Access to treatment is poor and many clients lack information
on care and treatment. Although strides have been made in adult HIV care, healthcare providers still lack the required competencies to offer quality care to children and adolescents. This situation therefore leaves glaring gaps in South Sudan to attain the UNAIDS global strategy of 90–90–90 by 2020.
ANECCA received a grant from the Global Fund to ght AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to implement a regional project “Catalysing access to quality services for children and adolescents living with HIV.” This regional project provides a unique opportunity to capitalise on paediatric and adolescent expertise across the continent to address disparities in access to care and treatment for children and adolescents.
ANECCA is the first NGO to carry out a broad study looking for gaps in children and adolescents accessing HIV management in South Sudan. The study was carried out in 10 facilities that provide comprehensive HIV care and treatment in 10 states.