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:
1) Advancing proven and promising approaches to improve caregiving and early learning; 2) Strengthening systems through integration and collaboration; and 3) Building and disseminating credible evidence to improve practice and policy.Read more about our approach
In sub-Saharan Africa, 42% of adolescent girls and young women living in urban areas and more than 50% of those living in rural areas had a pregnancy before the age of 18. Adolescent girls also comprise the majority of new HIV infections in this region. Four of every 5 new HIV infections among people ages 15-19 occur among girls.Read more
News from the Field
Nurturing care for children affected by HIV
World Health Organization
Improving early childhood development: WHO guideline
World Health Organization
Partners The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS
The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS (The Coalition) is a unique group of global donors, United Nations agencies, non-governmental agencies, and independent experts. They together to enable all children affected by HIV and AIDS to survive and thrive at home, school and in their communities.
Partners Early Childhood Development Action Network
The Early Childhood Development Action Networks catalyzes collective action on behalf of young children and their families around the world by connecting with global and regional partners, facilitating knowledge exchange and learning and coordinating advocacy for increased investment for quality services.
Resource Nurturing Care Framework
Nurturing care encompasses young children’s needs for good health, optimal nutrition, security and safety, opportunities for early learning and responsive caregiving.
Resource Reframing Early Childhood Development and Learning
Communications toolkit for building public support in Kenya for better child development policies and programs.