Can a wider approach to HIV care benefit adolescents living with HIV?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect a broad, inclusive development agenda. Could a shift to this wider approach benefit adolescent HIV care and improve the survival of adolescents living with HIV?

And what's the role of young people in shaping their own health services, and tracking the SDGs?

Two new studies are worth a look:

A study by researchers from Oxford University, University of Cape Town and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance found that the broader vision of the SDGs – such as eliminating household poverty, protection from violence, social protection and employment – may help end AIDS and reduce AIDS-related deaths and illness. The study shows that HIV care for adolescents cannot be achieved through bio-medical health services alone. 

In an innovative study, marginalised adolescents living with HIV in South Africa designed and drew an ideal health facility: their ‘dream clinic’. Findings showed that participants viewed healthcare as broader than access to medicines or clinical care. The study indicates ways to boost the involvement of adolescents living with HIV in policy and programming, and in implementing and monitoring the SDGs.

Ntsiki (CATS) and PortiaNtsiki is a Community Adolescent Treatment Supporter (CATS) in Swaziland. Here during a home visit to one of her clients, where she checks how she is getting on with her treatment and provides psycho-social support. © Sydelle Willow Smith for the Alliance 2017