Children and AIDS

Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) supports children who are affected by HIV and AIDS. We reduce family poverty, facilitate access to care, and improve education opportunities for these children and their families.

Our approach

'Children affected by HIV and AIDS' are girls and boys under the age of 18 who in one way or another are affected by the virus, including children who lost one or both parents to AIDS and children who have HIV. Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) is worried that their well-being, development, and lives are threatened, and aims to give them a new future. We believe that the best way to reach these children is through their families and communities. As many HIV affected families face extreme poverty, a comprehensive approach of economic and social empowerment is most effective. We, therefore, strengthen the national plans of action for orphans and vulnerable children and national (draft) policies on social protection of African countries.

A recent research demonstrates that the following four key lines of action will deliver better results for children who are affected by HIV and AIDS:

  1. Provide support for children to and through their families;
  2. Strengthen community support for families;
  3. Reduce family poverty through social protection; and
  4. Deliver integrated family-centred services regarding health care, education, and social welfare.

Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) works along these lines of action, and collaborates with local civil society organisations and governments. Thus, initiatives will be owned by the people and will be context-specific. Currently, we focus on social protection and social cash transfers, and from 2013 onwards we will also focus on increasing access to treatment for children.

Our activities