Children and HIV and AIDS

Partners and Networks

Partnerships are critical to deliver results for children and to realize their rights. UNICEF works with a broad range of partners at global, regional and country levels to advance action for children, adolescents and mothers affected by HIV/AIDS. 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.

Inter-Agency Task Teams on Children and HIV and AIDS

UNICEF works with diverse partners through Inter-Agency Tasks Teams.  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):
- Procurement and Supply Management
- Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
- Care and support for children affected by AIDS

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.

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

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
UNAIDS, , is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the United Nations' principal provider of development advice, advocacy and grant support.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled.

United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
UNDCP is entrusted with exclusive responsibility for coordinating and providing effective leadership for all United Nations drug control activities.

United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Within the UN system, UNESCO has been assigned a special responsibility for education.

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority on international health work.

World Bank
The mandate of the World Bank is to alleviate poverty and improve quality of life. The World Bank has placed HIV/AIDS at the centre of its development agenda. See also the World Bank Institute Leadership Program on AIDS.

International Labour Organization (ILO)
The ILO is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerement of Women (UNWOMEN)
UNIFEM promotes women's empowerment and gender equality.

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
The mandate of FAO is to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations.


The MAC AIDS Fund's mission is to serve people of all ages, all races, and all sexes affected by HIV.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.










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