Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS
Improving the growth and development outcomes for young children affected by HIV and AIDS in East and Southern Africa.
The landscape for early childhood development (ECD) for vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS has dramatically changed over the last few years. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include early childhood development (target 4.2) and the World Bank has called for prioritization of ECD to enable countries to compete in the new global economy. There is also unprecedented support for moving from child survival to ensuring children survive and thrive. Investments in ECD for all children will not only boost future economic prosperity, but may also improve prospects for longer-term peace and security.
The Foundation is making integrated investments in five countries in East and Southern Africa in three focus areas:
News from the Field
In March 2018, our Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Initiative gathered our partners in Nairobi, Kenya.
Project Concern International
Project Concern International works to implement and test the integration of responsive care and nutrition support to caregivers in Tanzania.
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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.