ANECCA Regional Program Launch - January, 2016

ANECCA with support from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched a paediatric and adolescent HIV care regional project in January, 2016 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala-Uganda. The 3 years’ project which was officially launched by the Minister of Health of Uganda is entitled “Catalyzing Access to quality services for Children and Adolescents living with HIV). This regional project provides a unique opportunity to capitalize on pediatric and adolescent expertise across the continent to address disparities in access to care and treatment for children and adolescents.

The goal of the project is to improve the coverage and quality of HIV care, treatment and support for children and adolescents living with HIV in the seven sub-Saharan African countries.  The seven countries include; Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Specifically, the project aims to;

  • Promote the adoption and implementation of policies that increase coverage and quality of paediatric and adolescent HIV care, treatment and support;
  • Improve the capacity of HIV service providers in provision of HIV care, treatment and psychosocial support to children and adolescents living with HIV;
  • Identify and document innovative approaches and best practices on paediatric and adolescent HIV care, treatment and support;
  • Promote adoption of best practices on care, treatment and support of HIV infected children and adolescents so as to increase identification, treatment and retention of children and adolescents living with HIV; and
  • Improve monitoring and evaluation of progress and performance of project activities in the seven countries

The launch in pictures

  • Chair ANECCA Board, ED ANECCA, Hon. Minister of Health, Chair UAC, Global Fund Local Agent
  • Chair ANECCA Board, giving a speech at the project launch
  • UNICEF Uganda Chief, Keeping Children & Mothers Alive, giving a speech on behalf of the UN family in Uganda.
  • Uganda CCM Chair Prof. Nantulya giving the speech at the ANECCA regional project launch
  • The PMTCT/Ped HIV Advisor Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) in Washington DC, USA giving her remarks on behalf of PEPFAR.
  • Hon. Minister of Health of Uganda with some of the delegates from the seven African countries at the ANECCA regional Project Launch at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda
  • The Uganda Minister of Health; Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye officially launching the ANECCA Regional Project
  • The Uganda Minister of Health; Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye
  • Global Fund Local Fund Agent, giving a speech on behalf of Global Fund at the ANECCA regional project launch.
  • ANECCA Executive Director giving his opening remarks at the project Launch
  • Some of the delegates from the seven African countries during the project launch.
  • Some of ANECCA Board Members

2012

With USAID Ethiopia funding implementing a program to strengthen comprehensive services for adolescents living with HIV in Ethiopia.

Translation of the Handbook of Paediatric AIDS in Africa into Portuguese.

May 2012

 In partnership with West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) held a workshop to validate the translation of the 2nd Edition of the Handbook on Pediatric AIDS in Africa into French. The workshop was attended by ANECCA members from 13 French speaking countries in West, Central and East Africa.

2011

ANECCA released the second edition of the Handbook on Pediatric AIDS in Africa with technical and programmatic updates.

In partnership with West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) held a workshop in Benin, to help 3 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone) on planning interventions to improve access to prevention, treatment, care and support services for mothers and children faced with the spread of HIV epidemic.

2010-2011

ANECCA with funding from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) conducted training of trainers and of service providers on psycho-social care and counseling HIV infected children and adolescents in Lesotho, Malawi, and Swaziland. Also with funding from EGAPF, ANECCA provided technical assistance to MOH Swaziland to develop a national training curriculum for health care providers on HIV counseling psycho-social support for children and adolescents.

2010

Provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health Uganda through the Health Communications Partnership (HCP) project to produce communication materials for scaling up pediatric HIV care, and for producing a standardized national pediatric HIV care and treatment curriculum for use in training of trainers courses.

Funded by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in its Campaign to End Pediatric AIDS (CEPA) program to expand access to comprehensive PMTCT and pediatric treatment services, promoting integration of child and family health services with other health services to improve health outcomes for children, HIV-positive mothers and their families.

2009

ANECCA took the lead to scale up the pediatric HIV care, support and treatment services through provision of comprehensive pediatric HIV care, support and treatment technical support in five regions of Ethiopia. Between 2009 and 2011, 643 health care providers at 350 health centers were trained on pediatric HIV care, followed by monthly on-site clinical mentor-ship. As a result, the number of HIV-positive children enrolled in care at the 350 health centers increased from 1,447 in 2008 to 9,869 in 2011 and the number of children receiving ART increased from 48 to 3,763.