HIV & AIDS and Children
Partners and Networks
Partnerships are critical to deliver results for children and to realize their rights. The 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS included a long list of those with a critical role in the fight against HIV/AIDS: governments, the UN system, intergovernmental organizations, people living with HIV/AIDS and vulnerable groups, medical, scientific and educational institutions, civil society, the business sector, including generic and research-based pharmaceutical companies, trade unions, the media, parliamentarians, sporting organizations, faith-based organizations, traditional leaders, communities and families. UNICEF works with a broad range of partners at global, regional and country levels, including through Inter-Agency Task Teams to advance action for children, adolescents and mothers affected by HIV/AIDS. The list below is not exhaustive.
Inter-Agency Task Teams on Children and HIV and AIDS
To ensure countries receive the best technical support in the implementation of their national AIDS plans and to avoid duplication, UNAIDS and its eleven cosponsors have agreed upon a "division of labour". UNICEF is the lead organization for the following Inter-Agency Task Teams (IATT):
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
The Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) for Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mother and Children is a group of 28 multilateral, government, and non-governmental organizations that are committed to strengthening global, regional and national partnerships and programs that address the survival of pregnant women, mothers and children living with HIV. Established in 1998, the IATT is co-chaired by UNICEF and WHO and has recently been reconfigured to optimally support country-led implementation of the Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive (Global Plan).
Care and Support for Children Affected by AIDS
The IATT on Children affected by AIDS, led by UNICEF, provide a forum for supporting a coordinated, accelerated and expanded evidence based response to protect and promote the rights of children affected by HIV and AIDS. Specific objectives of the IATT are to:
- Promote coordination and harmonization of policy guidance and programming,
- Advocate, both internally and externally for accelerated implementation of evidence based interventions,
- Promote the development and sharing of technical and programming information,
- Support and broaden networking and collaboration.
Young People and HIV/AIDS
The IATT on HIV Prevention and Young People (IATT-YP), co-convened by UNICEF and UNFPA, comprises a core group of international and national agencies that seek to accelerate the global response to HIV prevention for young people aged 10-24 years. The IATT’s Global Online Resource and Networking Portal provides comprehensive information and resources on young people and HIV such guidance and tools, country and regional information and research papers.
UNICEF also supports other UN-conducted HIV work by participating in other IATTs such as:
The IATT on Education, convened by UNESCO, support accelerated and improved education sector responses to HIV and AIDS by:
- Promoting and supporting good practices in the education sector related to HIV and AIDS,
- Encouraging alignment and harmonisation within and across agencies to support global and country level actions.
HIV/AIDS and Emergencies
UNICEF is a member of the IATT on HIV in emergencies co-led by UNHCR and WFP. This site provides comprehensive information for HIV in Humanitarian Situations, partners working in the different situations and resources to help in programming.
United Nations Partners
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerement of Women (UNWOMEN)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is saving lives in low- and middle-income countries by helping people gain access to essential medicines and health services.
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.
The ELMA Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of Africa’s children and youth through the support of sustainable efforts to relieve poverty, advance education, and promote health.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund is an international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with a 21st century approach: partnership, transparency, constant learning and results-based funding.
GNP+ is the global network for and by people living with HIV. GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV
MAC AIDS Fund
The MAC AIDS Fund's mission is to serve people of all ages, all races, and all sexes affected by HIV.
UNITAID uses innovative financing to increase funding for greater access to treatments and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in low-income countries.
MTV staying alive Foundation
THE MTV Staying Alive Foundation supports innovative programs on the ground by funding the creative and ambitious young leaders that run them and by producing ground-breaking content across MTV channels and with third-party broadcasters – helping to spread awareness around the world and preventing the spread of HIV from starting in the first place.