28. Equip, mobilize, and support faith leaders, FBOs, people in places of worship, and the wider community to create demand for testing of infants and children.
29. Combat stigma and discrimination among faith leaders and within communities of faith.
30. Further collaborate and coordinate community mobilization, education and outreach to find otherwise hard-to-reach children, adolescents, youth and adults for age appropriate prevention education, testing and linkage to treatment and health and social support services and integrate into the national system.
31. Ensure FBO participation in local and national diagnostic product/supplies forecasting.
32. Support and participate in national efforts to improve the use and impact of pediatric diagnostics and develop national strategies to optimize the use of new technologies and interventions.
33. Work to implement new HIVST modalities (such as oral fluid testing) in communities and homes, where national polices and regulations allow for lay implementation with children.
Through the ‘Leading by Example: Religious Leaders and HIV Testing Campaign’, the WCC-EAA engages religious leaders from different faith traditions to promote testing and linkage to services in faith communities, including by providing awareness on HIV and by creating stigma and discrimination free communities. This initiative promotes a strong linkage between faith communities and health-care facilities with the purpose of ensuring that more children are tested and retained for treatment. WCC-EAA is mobilizing and supporting faith leaders (Paediatric HIV Champions) and FBOs in advocacy on paediatric HIV.
52. Ensure FBO participation in local and national forecasting of optimal paediatric drug formulations.
53. Collaborate with GAP-f partners to develop, test, and disseminate training tools for treatment initiation with LPV/r and other optimal pediatric formulations.
54. Support and increase family treatment initiation and retention for children, adolescents, and families by:
Increasing identification and provision of same-day/same-appointment mother/infant pair treatment through FBO clinics;
Promoting male/father engagement in EMTCT programmes; and
Increasing stigma reduction interventions through mobilized faith leaders and faith communities
Providing social work interventions to assist fathers to support treatment and adherence of their partners and children living with HIV.
55. Foster and more actively participate in coordinated and collaborative advocacy to:
Increase funding for research & development, introduction and scale-up of priority pediatric drugs and formulations;
Accelerate regulatory processes for rapid adoption and uptake of optimal paediatric drugs and formulations; and
Ensure sustainable access to optimal testing and treatment for infants and children.
Action 10: Promote the revision of national procurement plans to align with WHO recommended regimens and the Optimal Formulary, and support the provision of reliable forecasts and the consolidation of orders.
Action 22: Support the early adoption of priority formulations and diagnostics and take steps to facilitate their wider roll-out, including by developing introductory guidance, materials, and other tools for health facilities.
Action 27. Mobilize their networks and work with communities to help build treatment literacy, generate demand, and expand access to ARVs among children.
Action 28. Raising awareness in global fora about the unmet diagnostic and treatment needs of children with HIV.
Action 29. Promote uptake by mobilizing their networks of hospitals and community structures to distribute paediatric medicines in hard to reach places and in situations of conflict and crisis.
Action 34. Increase efforts to share information on the roll-out of new paediatric formulations, including lessons learned.