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Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Partnership

Our partnership with the Elisabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation works towards increasing access to antiretroviral drugs and improving care for infants and young children.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Denis Tindyebwa and I am the Director for Pediatric Care and Treatment at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. I’m pleased to tell you a bit about how we are collaborating with ViiV Healthcare toward our mutual objectives of increasing access to antiretroviral drugs and improving care for infants and young children.

One barrier is that children who are born of HIV-positive mothers are not followed up with properly to provide the services that they need. Service providers do not indicate the children are HIV-exposed and therefore they need to be tested. The service providers do not always routinely offer testing of children. The dried blood spot testing for PCR system is very weak in most countries, and therefore the results take a very long time to get back to the mothers and the caregivers. All of these add up to inadequate access for children who need treatment in these low income countries.

Denis Tindyebwa, Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Key Facts

Project name: 
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, a partnership developed as one of the programmes within the Paediatric Innovation Seed Fund

Population:
Infants and young children

Challenges:
Poor identification of HIV-infected children; Lack of infrastructure; Insufficient knowledge at community level; Stigma and discrimination; Neglect of infants and young children in HIV programmes and policy

Activities:
Training, policy analyses and research