Psychosocial Support Services

It is generally agreed that activities to protect, support and promote the psychosocial wellbeing of young children and their families affected by HIV and AIDS is critical for two reasons:

  • Children are most resilient — able to bear and recover from significant suffering — when they are surrounded by people who love and care for them
  • Children who receive affection, stimulation and support in early childhood have a good foundation for growth and development, coping with challenges, overcoming disadvantages and making positive contributions to society

Achieving significant, sustained support and protection for children affected by HIV and AIDS requires:

  • Prioritizing everyday systems of care – families, schools and communities
  • Investing long-term in integrated services to promote psychosocial wellbeing
  • Recognizing the right of all children to access these integrated services
  • Demanding that more governments take the lead in guaranteeing this right
  • Earmarking resources for applied research to expand the evidence base

For more details on psychosocial support services for children affected by HIV and AIDS, read Where the Heart Is.