Jan 2015 – Dec 2019
Accelerating children's HIV treatment in Africa
Multiple countries – Africa
A global partnership to put 300,000 children living with HIV on life-saving treatment in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa
$48,834,519 Grant Value
$1,052,544 evaluation budget
Download the new report on how ACT worked to change the lives of children living with HIV
The $200 million initiative was co- funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CIFF. It aimed to dramatically increase the number of children on HIV treatment, and strengthen systems for paediatric HIV.
In the first year of ACT, treatment coverage for children under 15 rose in all nine countries. Increases of more than 10% were seen in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
At the Africa Leaders Summit in August 2014, CIFF and PEPFAR launched the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative in response to the fact that access to life-saving HIV drugs has persistently lagged behind for children. The ACT initiative was a response to the challenges in paediatric HIV care and treatment in low resource settings, targeting technical and financial resources to selected high-burden countries.
By the end of September 2016, two years after the ACT initiative was announced, 561,610 children 19 years or under were on treatment. Between 2014 to 2016, the number of children under 14 years receiving treatment with support from PEPFAR and CIFF increased by 44% across the nine countries. As of September 2016, the ACT initiative had also enabled 16,431,861 children 19 years or under to have an HIV test with 468,149 found HIV positive.
Click here to download a new report shares the promising practices and lessons learned from the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative.