Transitioning Care, Support, and Treatment Services for Adolescents Living with HIV

Regional Technical Consultation Report: February 7–10, 2012, Gaborone, Botswana

The PEPFAR PMTCT/Pediatric Technical Working Group and USAID's Africa Bureau hosted a field-driven learning meeting for U.S. government staff and key African partners from February 7-10, 2012, in Gaborone, Botswana. The consultation was held in response to calls from practitioners, government officials, and programmers to share knowledge, experience, and resources on how to best care for the increasing numbers of perinatally infected children surviving to adolescence and adulthood. This group-emerging as a unique population and a unique challenge for policy makers, programmers, and service providers-requires greater attention and a stronger understanding of their unique needs to support continued health and development. The meeting highlighted programs in eight countries that are facing and responding to the needs of adolescents living with HIV and the gaps and opportunities in transitional services.