The Case Review of HIV-Sensitive Protection Services for Children Infected and Affected by HIV in Bangladesh

Overview
A diverse array of interventions is offered through different partners to cater for children infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS (CABA). While some of these interventions are HIV-specific (such as anti-retroviral treatment and care, nutritional support, bereavement counselling etc) as they address HIV and AIDS related morbidity, other interventions which seek to limit vulnerability and improve access to social services for the children are also offered.

HIV-sensitive programmes are based on the premise that social protection programmes can accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by increasing access to health, education, nutrition and child protection services for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. When it is HIV-sensitive, social protection can help prevent susceptibility and reduce vulnerability to HIV, while also reducing barriers to HIV treatment, prevention, protection and support.

The study, which conducted from November 2014 to June 2015, explored the well-being of the CABA and to identify the socio-demographic determinants of their well-being. The specific objectives of the study were the following:

  • To explore the effects of the different HIV-sensitive protection services on the well-being of children (aged 10 -18 years) infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
  • To know the perceived effectiveness of HIV-sensitive protection services by the service users and stakeholders as well as the adequacy of these services
  • To explore the wellbeing of children exposed to HIV-sensitive protection services in comparison to those who are not exposed to protection services

Activities
A cross-sectional survey and two qualitative studies were conducted to explore the well-being of CABA.

Partners/donor
• Ashar Alo Society
• Mukto Akash Bangladesh
• Hope Care Center
• Confidential Approach to AIDS Prevention

Donor: UNICEF

Highlights
Three abstracts were submitted from the study findings to 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP12); all of them were accepted for the conference. Among them, two of the abstracts were accepted for oral presentation and the other one accepted for poster presentation.