Children and AIDS Regional Initiative (CARI)
The Children and AIDS Regional Initiative (CARI) was launched in 2006 as part of a five-year collaboration to mitigate the impact of HIV in southern Africa – and to develop social protection systems in the region by focusing on vulnerable children and those affected by HIV and AIDS.
See sidebars at right for a series of detailed analytical reports produced by CARI.
Scroll down to watch UNICEF videos on HIV, children and young people in southern Africa.
The governments of the United Kingdom and Australia supported CARI through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). DFID supported six CARI programmes in HIV hyper-endemic countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia) plus one with relatively lower rates but rapidly rising ‘hot spots’ (Angola). The three AusAID-supported CARI programmes also worked in high HIV-prevalence countries, linked to chronic food and economic insecurity.
All nine CARI countries contend with issues of pervasive social and economic inequality, extensive migration and human development challenges. The current global economic crisis has exacerbated these challenges. At the same time, the CARI programmes have provided a valuable regional analysis of the impact of HIV on child poverty, and on national capacities to deliver social development and a broader response to chronic poverty.
The following videos highlight HIV and AIDS programmes in several of the CARI countries.
Teen centres in Botswana
Early childhood education in Malawi
Preventing mother-to-child transmission in Lesotho
Young peer leaders in Lesotho
Mothers 2 Mothers
Involving Namibian men in HIV prevention
HIV testing in In Mozambique
CARI reports: Regional
All reports downloadable as PDFs.Learning to look beyond AIDS through an AIDS programme
CARI reports: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania
CARI reports: Social welfare & policy