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Children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in a group home in Gdansk, Poland. Photo by Diez for UNDPI/WHO

In a news article dated 9 December 2004, UNICEF regional director Per Engebak had the following recommendations to improve the response to the OVC crisis:
  • Keep adults alive by improving access to antiretroviral therapy and raising awareness of HIV
  • A strong PMTCT programme, with new programmes like MTCT-Plus
  • Dedicate funds for OVC and scale up programmes which currently only see a small proportion of overall HIV/AIDS funding
  • Elimination of school fees and other barriers to education in Southern Africa
  • Combat poverty and conflict which exacerbate challenges of HIV/AIDS
  • Collaboration between national authorities, civil society and faith-based organisations to provide support services such as access to food, services and trauma counselling
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The project is jointly managed by the Anova Health Institute and the Journalism and Media Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand. The project is funded by by the Health Communication Partnership based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Centre for Communication Programmes and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief through the United States Agency for International Development under terms of Award No. JH/HESA-02-05 and through the Anova Health Institute through PEPFAR via USAID under Award No. AID-674-A-12-00015.