Promising Practices in Integrating HIV and SRH Services for Adolescents and Young People Living with HIV

Evidence shows that adolescents and young people access to comprehensive SRH information and services leads to improved health outcomes. Currently many existing SRH services are not comprehensive and do not meet the unique needs of adolescents and young people. This promising practice brief highlights successful facility- level models that respond to the unique SRH service needs of AYPLHIV.

This document draws on data from six surveys submitted from PATA network members and partners through a call for promising models of practice in comprehensive HIV and SRH services.

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Promising Practices in Peer Support for Adolescents and Young People Living with HIV

The principles of peer engagement are increasingly being applied to support populations of adolescents and young people living with HIV (AYPLHIV). As a critical key population of people living with, and at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, a focus on peer support is timely. This promising practice brief highlights the importance of peer-to-peer dialogue and engagement as both a significant challenge and a powerful opportunity.

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Mmata Tswana (My Partner) - Community Caregiver Support Groups to Improve ART Adherence Amongst Adolescents Living with HIV

The Mmata Tswana model is a community caregiver support group model which offers an opportunity for caregivers to:

  • Meet, discuss and learn from one another about ART adherence and caring for adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV);
  • Provide psychosocial support to one another;
  • Offer general care-giving support to one another by, for example accompanying each other’s children for scheduled appointments, as well as assisting them with treatment as necessary; and
  • Create a community of knowledge about adolescents’ treatment and health needs to minimise the risks associated with loss to follow-up when a caregiver is unable to take care of an adolescent. 

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Promising Practices in Health Provider Sensitisation for Adolescents and Young People Living with HIV

While the importance of sensitising health providers to the needs of adolescents has increasingly been acknowledged, there remains a gap in documented interventions and models of practice as to how this can be actioned. This promising practice brief was developed in acknowledgement of the urgent need for operational evidence on health provider sensitisation.

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Promising Practices in Clinic-Community Collaboration

February 2017, Luanne Hatane from Paediatric Aids Treatment for Africa (PATA) presented Promising Practices from PATA's Clinic-Community Collaboration Project at the Regional Learning and Linking Forum for Accelerating Delivery of Comprehensive Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children & Youth, 9th – 10th February 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa.

PATA is network of health providers and associated health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. The PATA Clinic-Community Collaboration Project is being implemented in 8 East and Southern African countries, namely Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Zambia, DRC, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Three projects are being implemented in 36 clinics, with four partnerships per country across the nine participating countries. The objectives of the three-year project are to:

  • Improve PMTCT and paediatric HIV service delivery through establishing clinic and community health partnerships.
  • Identify and disseminate challenges, lessons learned and best practices for clinic -community linkages.

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Click here to download the full policy brief: Clinic - CBO Collaboration (C3) Programme