About

The Adolescents Living with HIV (ALHIV) toolkit has been developed by USAID, FHI 360 and collaborating organizations in order to promote the treatment, care and support of ALHIV.

What are K4Health Toolkits?

K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.

What is the purpose of this toolkit? This toolkit contains resources to help policy makers, program managers, service providers, peer educators and other audiences improve adolescent HIV treatment, care, prevention and family planning services.

Who developed this toolkit?

This toolkit was created under the auspices of the Africa's Health in 2010 project, with leadership by the former Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for this toolkit consisted of members from more than a dozen international organizations with expertise and experience in the areas of program planning, training, advocacy, marketing, research, policy, and logistics. The individuals and organizations that contributed to this toolkit hold a commitment to promoting evidence-based practices to improve adolescent HIV treatment, care, prevention and family planning services.

Members of the Technical Advisory Group

Members of the Technical Advisory Group, including those who suggested the resources included in this toolkit, were affiliated with the following organizations:

FHI 360, formerly Academy for Educational Development (AED)

African Network for Care of Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (ANECCA)

Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children's Hospital

Botswana Ministry of Health

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

One Love Project

Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)

UNICEF

University of Witwatersrand

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

World Health Organization (WHO)

What types of resources are included? 

The resources were selected based on a wide search for relevant published and grey literature from around the world, with health policy makers, program managers, and service providers in mind. For example, the toolkit contains:

  1. Up-to-date background and reference materials to design evidence-based, state-of-the-art programs.
  2. Job aids and other tools to increase the effectiveness and quality of program activities and services.
  3. Various publication formats including books, manuals, briefs, case studies, fact sheets, project reports, reviews, teaching and training materials, tools, and job aids.  

Who are the intended audiences?

  • Policymakers will find research and information to help set national guidelines and minimum care packages regarding service provision for adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV).
  • Program managers will find information and job aids to help them design, plan, and manage services for ALHIV.
  • Community health workers and peer educators will find tools and job aids to help them provide quality services to their adolescent clients.
  • Communication professionals can use the toolkit resources to explore strategies, media, and messages about adolescent HIV treatment, care, prevention and family planning.
  • Trainers can review the latest curricula for training community health workers and otehr service providers on adolescent HIV treatment, care, prevention and family planning.

We invite you to suggest resources or adapt the resources in this toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages. 

How do I get started using this toolkit?

Improving adolescent HIV treatment, care, prevention and family planning services requires a holistic approach—including accurate information; up-to-date policies and guidelines; quality training, supervision, and services; and effective communication stategies. This toolkit provides information on all these elements and contains tools and resources to help you implement a variety of services and interventions for adolescents living with HIV.

To browse the contents of this toolkit, use navigation to the right to view resources related to programmatic topics relevant to ALHIV service provision. Each section includes a list of a number of high-quality resources selected by the ALHIV Technical Advisory Group, further organized by sub-topic. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource. 

How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?

We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in the toolkit, please use the feedback form to suggest them. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions. 

How can I make a comment or give feedback?

If you have comments about the toolkit, please use the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved. For example, you can share ideas about how you have used the toolkit in your work so that others can learn from and adapt your experiences.