PATA 2015 Continental Summit

Children and adolescents have been left behind in the global HIV response, and the treatment gap persists. At this juncture, it is critical to adapt global targets to local realities, translating discourse into action.

 The PATA 2015 Continental Summit, titled Promising practices in paediatric and adolescent HIV services: Adapting global targets to local realities was held 6-9 December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting brought together 125 participants, including 85 frontline health providers from 29 health facilities across 12 sub-Saharan Africa countries. Also in attendance were representatives from ministry of health, youth networks and organisations who are leading the response to paediatric and adolescent HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

 The summit focused on three overarching themes: case identification of HIV-infected children; addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in health facilities; and caregiver support and family-centred HIV services.

The 3-day meeting used plenary sessions, workshops, panels and world cafés to provide technical input, discuss bottlenecks and strategies and highlight real world response examples.

The summit culminated in health facilities prioritising an intervention, activity or service as a promising practice pilot project for 2016. This report is based on meeting discussions and outcomes.

Several key messages emerged from the summit. Most prominently, technical recommendations focused on involving young people in service delivery, harnessing peer supporters, partnering with communities, service integration and innovation, bold targets and accelerated action, and focusing on data and impact.

 Facilities from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe presented promising practices, and providers from across the participating countries shared implementation strategies within thematic areas.

 It is clear that those at the frontline of the HIV response are undertaking bold action to overcome challenges and end the paediatric HIV epidemic. Only through sharing these innovations in service delivery may we close the gap to achieve the 90% targets.

Read summit report