Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS
Improving early childhood development outcomes for young children affected by HIV and AIDS.
The landscape for early childhood development (ECD) for vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS has changed over the past few years. There is currently unprecedented support for moving from a child survival paradigm to fostering ECD to enable children to survive and thrive, which will boost future economic prosperity in the long term. The Foundation will make investments in three inter-related focus areas: 1) advancing program approaches to improve caregiving and early learning; 2) strengthening civil society and government systems and networks; and 3) building and disseminating evidence to improve practice and policy. These three approaches will be applied in an integrated way within our five focus countries in East and Southern Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.
News from the Field
In November 2016, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation board of directors approved a new Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS strategic initiative. We interviewed Senior Program Officer Lisa Bohmer to learn more about this exciting development and what we can look forward to over the next five years.
Scaling up early childhood development services for young children affected by HIV and AIDS within government health systems in Mozambique and Kenya.
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An estimated 250 million children between 0-5 years, living in low- and middle-income countries, are at risk of poor development—and children living in communities affected by HIV and AIDS are particularly vulnerable. Early childhood development (ECD) interventions provide a powerful opportunity to level the playing field for these children.
In November 2016, the Board of Directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation reaffirmed the importance of children affected by HIV/AIDS as a priority for Foundation grantmaking and requested that Foundation staff develop a strategy for achieving measurable impact in this area. This briefing outlines a five-year strategy informed by substantial input from content experts and practitioners in the field, which was approved by the the Board of Directors in November 2016.
The development of cognitive and socioemotional skills early in life influences later health and well-being.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
This evaluation is designed to provide achievements, challenges, recommendations and key learnings related to improving early childhood development for young children within five countries in East and Southern Africa over a three year period from 2012-2015.