This paper challenges policymakers and practitioners to look beyond agreements in principle and recognise that on the ground, policies to support children and families affected by HIV and AIDS are not always working.
It urges them to remove barriers to progress and redouble their efforts to put support structures in place. Finally, it encourages them to listen to the experiences of children and communities affected by HIV and AIDS so that future debates and practical responses are informed by real needs.
This is the first in a series to highlight some of the policy challenges facing the people and organisations responsible for putting plans and strategies to address the impact of HIV and AIDS on children in their early years into practice.
There must be more effective action on young children and HIV and AIDS and continued public and policy debate to address barriers to progress.