Innovations on HIV Testing, Treatment & Care for Children and Adolescents
Partnership with MAC AIDS Fund
In November 2012, the MAC AIDS Fund approved a $4.2 million USD grant from 2013 to 2014. The two-year project was designed to scale up technological and programmatic innovations that optimized HIV testing, treatment and care among children and adolescents, in order to help attain the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive.
Subsequently, the MAC AIDS-UNICEF partnership has been extended with a $3 million USD budget from 2015 to 2016, this time aligning itself with the goals of ALL IN to #EndAdolescentAIDS. The project aims to pilot and implement innovative approaches to increase access to testing and treatment particularly among 13-19 year old adolescents living with HIV, as well as adolescents at highest risk for HIV infection (e.g. adolescent girls; adolescents who inject drugs; adolescent males who have sex with other males; transgender adolescents; adolescents who sell sex or are exploited).
Phase 1: The 2013-2014 partnership supported three BRICS countries, namely Brazil, India and South Africa, and select countries in Central and Eastern Europe/Central Independent States (CEE/CIS), such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Phase 2: The 2015-2016 grant focuses on seven middle-income countries, particularly Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand, and Ukraine.
The MAC AIDS Fund-UNICEF project has achieved long-term results across the four regions by working closely with national & local governments, civil society, academia, and other key stakeholders.