Recommendation Discussed in This Chapter
Recommendation 7-1: The needs of orphans and other children made vulnerable by AIDS cover a wide spectrum that cuts across all of PEPFAR’s categories of prevention, treatment, and care and extends well beyond the health sector. It is essential for an HIV/AIDS response to address these needs adequately—not only to support these children in living healthy and productive lives, but also to protect them from becoming the next wave of the pandemic. The U.S. Global AIDS Initiative should continue to support countries in the development of national plans that address the needs of orphans and other children made vulnerable by AIDS, as well as to support the priorities delineated in these plans. To ensure adequate focus on and accountability for addressing the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator should work with Congress to set a distinct and meaningful performance target for this population. This target should be developed in a manner that both builds on the improvements PEPFAR has made in its indicator for children served and enhances its ability to support comprehensive and integrated HIV/AIDS programming.