Mapping HIV Services and Policies for Adolescents Webinar

Keywords: youth,mapping

PEPFAR, in collaboration with AIDSTAR-One, is presenting a series of webinars targeting program planners and policy makers interested in improving services for adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) through use of tools supported by PEPFAR and USAID’s Africa Bureau.

Please join us for the last discussion, a presentation on the AIDSTAR-One Report: Mapping HIV Services and Policies for Adolescents: A Survey of 10 Countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Adolescence is a period of life marked by dramatic biological, psychological, and emotional changes and is influenced by social determinants that impact health as individuals’ transition from childhood to adulthood (Kasedde et al. 2013; Viner et al. 2012). By the end of 2011, there were approximately 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) worldwide. Of all ALHIV, 85 to 86 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa, with 60 percent residing in Eastern and Southern Africa (Kasedde et al. 2013). As the number of AL¬HIV continues to increase, the need to improve ser¬vices, policies, and programs intensifies. Yet, despite these alarming numbers, adolescents face challenges in accessing HIV testing and treatment. There is limited attention to the special health needs of adolescents in health strategies, policies, or programs, which is further complicated by conflicting adolescent age definitions (Sawyer et al. 2012). This results in indicators and health data that are insufficient for program planning and evaluation of health programs for adolescents (Patton et al. 2012).

In order to bridge this gap, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), supported AIDSTAR-One in conducting a mapping activity to identify HIV policies and services for adolescents in 10 sub-Saharan African countries: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The resulting technical report is a resource for program planners and policymakers working to improve services and policies for HIV prevention, care, and treatment among adolescents and ALHIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The report highlights service gaps, innovative approaches, areas requiring programmatic prioritization, and potential areas for integration.

This webinar will present information gathered during the mapping survey including summary findings and recommendations. A UNICEF country representative will present country findings from Zimbabwe and a USAID country representative will present country findings from Swaziland. During the discussion, participants will be encouraged to share additional practices and experiences.

Event Details:

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
8:00-9:00 AM EDT

To join the meeting please visit: https://ac.usaid.gov/as1mappinghivservices/. Please log in as GUEST, using your first and last name.

For those joining by phone, please use the following conference line information:

  • US Dial-in # (800) 516-9896*
  • International Dial-in # (816) 650-0725*
  • Participant Code: 3387500684
Time Topic Speaker
5 minutes Participants log in All participants
5 minutes Welcome and opening remarks Jenny Albertini, USAID
10 minutes pdf Summary Findings (PDF, 620 KB) Malia Duffy, AIDSTAR-One
10 minutes pdf Zimbabwe country summary (PDF, 560 KB) Judith Sherman, UNICEF
10 minutes pdf Swaziland country summary (PDF, 625 KB) Wendy Benzerga, USAID
20 minutes Discussion Susan Kasedde, UNICEF