PATA- Paediatric Aids Treatment for Africa

PATA's mission is to mobilize and strengthen a network of frontline healthcare providers to improve paediatric and adolescent HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The PATA network includes healthcare providers at more than 300 associated health facilities across 24 countries that collectively care for over 200,000 children and adolescents on ART. PATA's vision is that all children and adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa receive optimal treatment, care and support and live long, healthy lives.

PATA’s objectives are:

  1. To improve the quality of paediatric and adolescent treatment, care and support at health facility level
  2. To grow and deepen engagement of the the network and increase peer-to-peer exchange between health providers across countries and regions
  3. To incubate, document and share promising practices in paediatric and adolescent treatment, care and support in order to effect positive change in policies, programmes and practices at national and global levels

PATA works through four activity streams: PATA Forums, PATA Incubation Projects &
Programmes, PATA Practice-Based Evidence & Advocacy and PATA Connect.

Parenting in Africa Network (PAN)

Parenting in Africa Network (PAN) is a Network of organizations, individuals and institutions keen to promote ‘skillful’ parenting practices in Africa, for the overall well-being of children and families.

Recognizing that there is a limited source of credible materials and information on parenting education and support in Africa, the network provides forums and platforms for learning and sharing information regarding parenting with skills, and knowledge, in order to safeguard children. 


Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention, care, and treatment programs. Founded in 1988, EGPAF supports activities in 19 countries around the world.

Mission Statement

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.

African Child Policy Forum

The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy, research and dialogue on the African child. ACPF was established with the conviction that putting children first on the public agenda is fundamental for the realisation of their rights and wellbeing and for bringing about lasting social and economic progress in Africa. ACPF’s work is rights based, inspired by universal values and informed by global experiences and knowledge.

Its work is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and other relevant regional and international human rights instruments. ACPF aims to specifically contribute to improved knowledge on children in Africa; monitor and report progress;identify policy options; provide a platform for dialogue; collaborate with governments, inter-governmental organisations and civil society in the development and implementation of effective pro-child policies and programmes and also promote a common voice for children in and out of Africa.

Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu Natal

HEARD conducts applied research to support development interventions aimed at mobilising evidence for impact in health and HIV in the SADC and east Africa region. HEARD is based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and collaborates with a range of institutional and individual partners spanning the globe. HEARD supports UNAIDS, the SADC Secretariat and Parliamentary Forum and South African and African leadership in responding to issues of health, development and HIV.Mission

To inspire health and development strategies, policies and practices that improve the welfare of people in and beyond Africa.

General Objectives

To improve private and public sector understanding of the socio-economic impacts of HIV and AIDS through an applied research focus

  • To promote multi-sectoral responses to the impact of HIV and AIDS
  • To develop the practice of health economics and social/behavioural science
  • To train business and community leaders, professionals and government officials in the strategic planning for the management of HIV and AIDS and other health issues
  • General Principles
  • Effective interventions through sound socio-economic, social and behavioural analysis and interdisciplinary research
  • The transfer of skills
  • The sharing of knowledge
  • Capacity building
  • Research utilisation

Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF)

The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) was established in 1997 in accordance with Article 9 (2) of the SADC Treaty as an autonomous institution of SADC It is a regional inter-parliamentary body composed of Thirteen (13) parliaments representing over 3500 parliamentarians in the SADC region. These member parliaments are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South, Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Forum seeks to bring regional experiences to bear at the national level, to promote best practices in the role of parliaments in regional cooperation and integration as outlined in the SADC Treaty and the Forum Constitution. Its main aim is to provide a platform for parliaments and parliamentarians to promote and improve regional integration in the SADC region, through parliamentary involvement.

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Southern African Development Community (SADC)

SADC's Vision is that of a common future, a future within a regional community that will ensure economic well-being, improvement of the standards of living and quality of life, freedom and social justice and peace and security for the people of southern Africa. This shared vision is anchored on the common values and principles and the historical and cultural affinities that exist between the people of southern Africa.

The SADC Mission is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient productive systems, deeper co-operation and integration, good governance, and durable peace and security, so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy.

Strategic focus areas

Through ongoing regional consultation, RIATT-ESA and its partners have identified a set of priority areas for children and their families affected  by HIV and AIDS in eastern and southern Africa.


Thematic focus areas for children affected by HIV and AIDS and the region:

Strategic approaches to improve the care and support for children affected by HIV and AIDS in the region:

East African Community (EAC)

The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Vision of EAC is a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa; and the Mission is to widen and deepen Economic, Political, Social and Culture integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.


UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.  UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.  We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children.

We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished, because it is wrong for a child to suffer or die from a preventable illness.

We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.

We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.

We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child.  Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives. 

We work in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.


The goal of UNAIDS is to lead and inspire the world in Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-deaths.


South African Regional Network Against Trafficking and Abuse of Children (SANTAC)

SANTAC mission is to build synergies amongst Southern Africa institutions and individuals to fight against all manifestations of child abuse, in particular child sexual and commercial exploitation, child labour and trafficking of children for any purpose, through lobby and advocacy, protection, law reform, rehabilitation and care services for victims.

Inter-Agency Task Teams on Children and HIV and AIDS (IATT-CABA)

The Inter-Agency Task Team for children affected by HIV and AIDS (IATT-CABA) is a global multi-agency network of over 50 members working on issues relating to children affected by HIV and AIDS. Led by UNICEF, the network has been at the forefront of the children affected by AIDS global response since 2001.

The IATT-CABA specifically aims to:

  • Promote coordination and harmonization of policy guidance and programming
  • Advocate, both internally and externally for accelerated implementation of evidence-informed interventions
  • Promote the development and sharing of technical and programming information
  • Support and broaden networking and collaboration

World Vision International

World Vision International

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO–RAISA)

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. Our vision is a world without poverty. VSO brings people together to fight poverty.

  • By thinking globally, we can change the world.

  • Progress is only possible by working together.

  • Knowledge is our most powerful tool.

  • People are the best agents of change.

Southern Africa AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)

The Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) is a regional non-profit organisation based in Harare, Zimbabwe. SAfAIDS' core activities include capacity development of other HIV and AIDS Intermediary Organisations (IOs); information production, collection and dissemination; networking and partnership building; and leadership in promoting dialogue on cutting- edge issues related to HIV and AIDS.


The organisation's mission is to promote effective and ethical development responses to the epidemic and its impact through HIV and AIDS knowledge management, capacity development, advocacy, policy analysis and documentation.


SAfAIDS strives to be a leading southern Africa regional centre of excellence, organising, analysing, repackaging and disseminating HIV and AIDS information in response to the needs of communities.

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.

Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)

REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) helps children get the care and support they are entitled to. REPSSI is a non-profit regional organization working to lessen the devastating social and emotional impact of HIV and AIDS, poverty and conflict among children and youth in 13 countries in east and southern Africa.

REPSSI maintains partnerships with governments, development partners, international organisations and NGOs in the region. With our technical advice and assistance, these partners implement programmes which strengthen communities’ and families’ ability to care for and protect their children and youth.

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

Driven by his love for children and a desire to end their suffering, former President Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) in 1995. The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund strives to change the way society treats its children and youth. In the pursuit of its vision, and in order to ensure that the legacy of its founder, Nelson Mandela, is secured in perpetuity, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund aims to to build a rights-based movement that gives voice and dignity to the African child.

From 1996 to 1998, NMCF successfully mobilized over R36 million to fund over 780 projects, at an average of R40, 000 per project. Grounded in the legacy of its founder, NMCF initially operated as a grant-making organization promoting a humanitarian response to the plight of South Africa 's children and youth. The 1995-1999 period was characterised by ad hoc funding strategies that enabled children and families to meet immediate needs, and one-time support for overhead and salary costs for organisations targeting children's issues, with no particular programmatic basis for NMCF's engagement with these organisations.

During 1999, NMCF realised that this welfare or handout approach was not sustainable as it did not encourage community involvement nor did it address the array of growing organizational capacity issues. To inform a new approach, NMCF conducted an extensive review of national and regional policies on children and youth; identified several significant policy gaps; evaluated its portfolio of projects and internal procedures; and carefully defined programme intervention areas it would pursue. This review culminated in the launching, in the year 2000, of the Sakha Ikusasa strategy, reflecting a new programme and organizational approach for the period 2000-2005, and establishing NMCF as a funding cum development agency that seeks to change the ways in which society treats its children and youth in order to improve their conditions and lives.