Jan 2015 – Dec 2019

Accelerating children's HIV treatment in Africa

Africa multiple countries (Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe)


Multiple countries – Africa

A global partnership to double the number of children living with HIV receiving life-saving treatment in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

$46,641,084 Multi-Year Grant Value

The $200 million initiative is co- funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CIFF. It aims to prevent more than 11,000 children dying from AIDS by 2016 and 39,000 child deaths by 2020 in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

In 2014, 2.6 million children under the age of 15 were living with HIV globally – 90% of whom were in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, only 32% of these children are receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Shockingly, children living with HIV have a one in four chance of receiving ART compared to adults. 

The initiative will work in nine countries with the highest burden of paediatric HIV, the lowest access to paediatric treatment, and the greatest disparity in treatment coverage for children compared to adults living with HIV. The Accelerating Children's Treatment initiative will help governments to scale up children’s HIV treatment by: 

  • Identifying babies and young children that are most at-risk of HIV
  • Making sure children with HIV are diagnosed and put on treatment
  • Making sure national policies support treatment of children with HIV
  • Using information systems to follow mothers and their children and keep them on treatment
  • Making sure quality data is gathered and used across public health systems to improve impact and accountability 

CIFF funding will go to Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The other countries are Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zambia.

Funding for the programme will also go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to help cover gaps in national paediatric services in the target countries. 


The Accelerating Children's Treatment initiative was announced in August 2014 at the United States – Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC.

By the end of September 2015, one year since the Accelerating Children's Treatment (ACT) initiative began, we were on track to meet our goals. We had already doubled the number of children diagnosed with HIV, and almost 450,000 children with HIV in the nine ACT countries are getting life-saving medical treatment. More details on impact can be found here here

Seeing real impact in Tanzania

In summer 2016, CIFF commissioned four case studies showing the impact the ACT initiative is seeing in Shinyanga, northern Tanzania. The cases, including two short films, focus on four core components of the ACT Initiative: testing, treatment, retention and adolescents.

You can watch this short film, click here to access all the case studies or download the four PDFs below.