Rene Ekpini of UNICEF. © IAS/Steve Shapiro - Commercialimage.net
On the same theme of keeping people in care, the Washington conference was told that three-quarters of children in need of HIV therapy are not receiving treatment, an unacceptable situation.
However, a variety of schemes show that this situation can be remedied.
One, implemented in Malawi, includes the provision of lifelong HIV treatment to all HIV-positive pregnant women, regardless of their CD4 cell count.
Another intervention in Zimbabwe has increased rates of diagnoses among children.
A number of practical measures – often with the local community playing a pivotal role – were also improving the retention of children in care.
- Use of community volunteers to accompany children to clinic appointments.
- Patient advocacy.
- Provision of transport vouchers.