Technical consultation on children affected by HIV and AIDS: universal access to prevention, treatment and care, February 7-8, 2006, London. Consultation Report

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UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development
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The third Global Partners' Forum (GPF) on Children affected by HIV and AIDS was, for the first time, preceded by a technical consultation of diverse stakeholders. The intention of this Consultation was to bring together technical expertise to address barriers to universal access of prevention, treatment and care for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Ultimately this group of stakeholders would take forward clear actions in their own right, as well as submit recommendations for consideration by the subsequent GPF. The Consultation sought to move from rhetoric to action, by putting forward actionable, implementable and measurable interventions. It was for this purpose that some 130 representatives from academia, civil society, national governments, donors and the UN were brought together for two days on February 7 and 8, 2006 in London, UK.Children are still missing out in the global response to HIV and AIDS. The facts are startling: 2.3 million children are living with HIV, and 15 million children have already lost at least one parent to AIDS. Many millions more are made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. However, new opportunities and resources are emerging that are bringing the needs of children into focus. One mechanism is the emerging Progress Report for Children Orphaned and made Vulnerable by HIV and AIDS, and another is the emergence of National Plans of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. These plans exist in a number of countries in Africa and are being considered in Asia.During the Technical Consultation, much of the discussion was conducted in small groups. These sessions were intended to identify the barriers to scaling up interventions and to prioritise implementable actions that would accelerate action for children affected by HIV and AIDS. In an effort to frame the discussion, technical papers were commissioned and presented on six key intervention areas that need scaling up in order to protect and promote the rights of all children, including those affected by HIV and AIDS. Topics were: birth registration as a means to social protection and service access; engaging and scaling-up community involvement; paediatric prevention and treatment including prevention of mother to child transmission and cotrimoxazole; social welfare as a foundation to growth and poverty reduction; monitoring and evaluation; and education access.Working in small groups, the participants discussed the interventions, honed and prioritised the recommendations, and identified the critical actors or constituent groups that are best positioned to lead in implementing the recommendations. At the end of the Consultation working groups met by constituency (southern governments, donors, civil society, UN agencies and academics) to prioritise recommendations for action. The discussion in these groups was fruitful: stakeholders charged with delivery were able to offer a reality check on the priorities established around each intervention and to identify partners needed to assist in implementing the recommendations, and key steps to operationalise the recommendations, as reported in section 3.3 of this report.The final outcome of the meeting was a prioritised list of recommendations that were presented to the Global Partners Forum. All of the recommendations from the Technical Consultation are contained within the following pages and an attempt has been made to capture the outcomes as fully as possible. The recommendations are summarised under the six key interventions. The detailed recommendations will be taken forward by the Inter-Agency Task Team on Children Affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as linking into existing activities.

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