Three Frees

Global guidance on criteria and processes for validation of EMTCT

In developing this revised document, WHO and the GVAC considered the input of national
programmes, regional validation teams and committees, and experts in the areas of programme,
data quality, laboratory standards, human rights, gender equality and community engagement.
Topic areas that needed revision were also discussed during face-to-face meetings of the GVAC
held in Geneva in June 2016 and June 2017.

Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free - Progress Report (2017)

This progress report presents highlights of the first year of implementation (through December 2016) of the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, which focuses on accelerating country-level progress toward ending new HIV infections among children, identifying children and adolescents living with HIV, ensuring their right to access life-saving treatment and quality care, and stopping the cycle of new infections among adolescents and young women. See the 2016 Framework to read more about the Three Frees. 

Step Up the Pace

Towards an AIDS-free generation in West and Central Africa

The Step Up The Pace Report takes stock of the progress and shortfalls in the HIV response in the region, offers an analysis of the challenges that continue to slow progress, and outlines several strategic directions that can accelerate the pace of progress towards the targets deined in the ‘Three Frees’ framework for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.

Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free

Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative aims to galvanize global momentum around a shared and ambitious agenda to build on the progress achieved under the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive. The Global Plan resulted in remarkable progress, reducing new HIV infections among children by 60% in 21 of the most affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet the job is far from done. In 2015, 150,000 [110,000–190,000] children became newly infected with HIV globally, 110,000 [78,000–150,000] of whom lived in the 21 Global Plan priority countries.