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Lessons Learnt & Promising Practices by Faith Communities

Documenting Promising Practices by faith communities on Paediatric and Adolescent HIV

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The UNAIDS-PEPFAR Faith Initiative is collecting and documenting evidence about promising practice interventions by faith communities and groups on paediatric and adolescent HIV.

Faith Communities, including faith-inspired health service providers, faith-based organisations and religious leaders, make distinctive contributions to the paediatric and adolescent HIV response using four distinctive assets: 

  1. Service delivery through faith-inspired health service providers e.g. paediatric testing, ARV treatment, care and support using integrated and holistic family-centred approaches.

  2. Community outreach through faith community groups e.g. supporting mothers and EMTCT or involvement of men in family-based testing, treatment, care and support

  3. Using places of worship to create demand for HIV services e.g. supporting HIV testing through health kiosks; increasing case identification and linkage to treatment and retention through baby showers; supporting retention in care and viral load suppression through support groups

  4. Advocacy about bottlenecks and government and private sectors’ commitments e.g. religious leaders personal commitments on testing and preaching sermons to tackle stigma; awareness raising on paediatric HIV and TB, through trainings and campaigning with religious leaders and representatives of faith communities; the Rome Paediatric HIV & TB Action Plan.

Albin Hillert / WCC

We need your help to gather information about these interventions and programmes where faith communities have had a significant impact by enabling children and adolescents to access HIV testing, treatment, care, support and prevention and that are regarded as promising practices. We are looking for documents, articles, evaluations and monitoring reports, that provide evidence of the results and impact of the promising practices and interventions. Even if you haven’t been directly involved yourself please let us know about such programmes and provide contact details for those who are involved.

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Guidance for providing information on Promising Practice Interventions of the role played by Faith Communities in Paediatric & Adolescent HIV programmes

What makes an intervention a ‘promising practice’?

There’s no hard and fast definition of what a ‘Promising Practice’ intervention looks like or comprises, although a bottom-line definition would be that it is an intervention that a lot of people are talking about for positive reasons and they would like to adopt it and/or scale-it up in their activities. For the purposes of this study about the role of Faith Communities in Paediatric & Adolescent HIV programmes we want to collect information about interventions and practices that have most of the following characteristics:

  • The practice should relate to one of four assets of the faith community: Faith-inspired health service providers, faith community groups, places of worship creating demand for HIV services, the role of religious leaders in advocacy;

  • The intervention can demonstrably meet an expressed need of key beneficiaries/ participants;

  • It practice is effective and relevant to the local context; 

  • It should bear fruit in a reasonable time; 

  • The intervention should have a strong indication that it will be sustainable e.g. demonstration of local ownership and leadership, inclusion in budgets etc;

  • It should be viewed by its initiators and core users as a practice that is promising and worth replicating.


Ideally there should be documentation about the intervention that attempts to measure the success of the intervention e.g. project monitoring or evaluations – or provides evidence that the intervention is being adapted and being used by other communities and organisations. If this is not possible, it will be important to demonstrate that the emerging successful practice can be shared with others and does not rely alone on particular local circumstances.

Format for collecting data on Promising Practice Interventions in Paediatric & Adolescent HIV

We hope to collect the information about each of the promise practice interventions using the following fields. We would be grateful to have detailed information in the sections about the results and impact and key success and constraining factors. 

Is the Intervention still being implemented?
Scale of change from existing activity required by intervention
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