Policy Brief: Evidence for improving psychosocial outcomes for children affected by HIV/AIDS

Why is this issue important?

•HIV/AIDS places children at risk for poor social, emotional and mental health outcomes.

• There is a great deal of funding dedicated to addressing this issue, but very little evidence about what works to improve psychosocial outcomes for these children.

• In 2009, a systematic review could not identify any study that had adequately evaluated an intervention to improve psychosocial well-being for AIDS-affected children.

• This lack of evidence means that we don’t know how programmes or interventions work to improve child outcomes, if they are reaching the most vulnerable, or even if they are having unintended negative effect