The global decline in deaths from AIDS-related illness has largely been driven by progress in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Eastern and Southern Africa, which is home to 53% of the world’s population living with HIV. Although there has been a decline in new infections it has not been fast enough. The Sub-Saharan region still accounts for 90% of new HIV infections in children in the world.
In 2018 RIATT-ESA carried-out a strategic planning exercise to review the course of the epidemic and the gaps in the children’s response in policy and programmes in the region. This review informed the development of the RIATT-ESA 2019-2022 Strategy which redirects the focus to highly vulnerable groups of children and youth that have been falling through the cracks. The new RIATT-ESA Strategy aims to address the gaps in the HIV response by responding to specific drivers of the resurgence of HIV infection among children, youth and young key populations.
Through its network partners, RIATT-ESA will continue to drive the children and youth agenda in Eastern and Southern Africa so no child is left behind.