Pediatric HIV: AIDS Featured Supplement

  • Scott E. Kellerman, Nandita Sugandhi, Ram Yogev
November 2013 - Volume 27 - Supplement 2

The themes emerging from this collection are straightforward and within our grasp. To be sure, there is an urgent need to strengthen earlier diagnosis of newborns to identify exposed and infected children and strategies for getting those children into HIV care and treatment services sooner than has been the norm. There is also a need to provide comprehensive, integrated programs – HIV is not just a medical disease but a social one. Better alignment of HIV diagnostic and treatment services for infants and children younger than 5 years with broader child health services, such as Expanded Program on Immunization, nutritional assessments, and community-based and facility-based platforms for sick children, are necessary. HIV pediatric programming needs to be affordable and feasible, with recognition that it is a lifelong issue, with multiple decision points at which care needs to be changed or reimagined.

An AIDS-free generation is possible. To achieve it, we must protect children from HIV infection – from birth through adolescence – and keep children who are living with HIV free from AIDS through the provision of lifelong treatment and care.

Supplement Articles

  • “Addressing and improving the continuum of care for HIV-affected children: challenges and solutions,” by Kellerman, Scott E.; Sugandhi, Nandita; Luo, Chewe
  • “Evidence from the field: missed opportunities for identifying and linking HIV-infected children for early initiation of ART,” by Chamla, Dick; Mbori-Ngacha, Dorothy; Newman, Morkor
  • “Promoting a Combination Approach to Paediatric HIV Psychosocial Support,” by Amzel, Anouk; Toska, Elona; Lovich, Ronnie
  • “Understanding the contribution of common childhood illnesses and opportunistic infections to morbidity and mortality in children living with HIV in resource-limited settings,” by Modi, Surbhi; Chiu, Alex; Ng’eno, Bernadette
  • “Challenges in infant and young child nutrition in the context of HIV,” by Sint, Tin Tin; Lovich, Ronnie; Hammond, Wendy
  • “Delivering pediatric HIV care in resource-limited settings: cost considerations in an expanded response,” by Tolle, Michael A.; Phelps, B. Ryan; Desmond, Chris
  • “HIV-exposed infants: rethinking care for a lifelong condition,” by Sugandhi, Nandita; Rodrigues, Jessica; Kim, Maria
  • “Improved access to early infant diagnosis is a critical part of a child-centric prevention of mother-to-child transmission agenda,” by Ghadrshenas, Anisa; Amor, Yanis B.; Chang, Joy
  • “Linkage, initiation and retention of children in the antiretroviral therapy cascade: an overview,” by Phelps, B. Ryan; Ahmed, Saeed; Amzel, Anouk
  • “Pediatric treatment 2.0: ensuring a holistic response to caring for HIV-exposed and infected children,” by Essajee, Shaffiq M.; Arpadi, Stephen M.; Dziuban, Eric J.
  • “Beyond prevention of mother-to-child transmission: keeping HIV-exposed and HIV-positive children healthy and alive,” by Kellerman, Scott E.; Ahmed, Saeed; Feeley-Summerl, Theresa
  • “Beyond early infant diagnosis: case finding strategies for identification of HIV-infected infants and children,” by Ahmed, Saeed; Kim, Maria H.; Sugandhi, Nandita