Support clubs for Haitian children and youth living with HIV: A case study
In Haiti, where an estimated 3,000 children and youth are receiving ART, Caris Foundation, with funding from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provides hospital-linked psychosocial support groups, known as Kids Clubs, for young people ages nine and older. The clubs are intended to help ensure that HIV-positive children and adolescents stay in contact with health services and serve as a conduit for delivery of other services, including health messages and health products. In 2019, Project SOAR conducted a study to describe the Kids Club program and better understand its impact. Its findings are intended to contribute to the broader evidence base on support groups for young people living with HIV, fill knowledge gaps on how to operationalize and improve this approach, and guide decisions on scale-up and resource allocation in Haiti and globally.