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Edition1, May 2013 | www.stopaidsnow.org


We are extremely proud to welcome you to the first newsletter for and by African Networks and organisations that focus on Children affected by AIDS (CABA) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). This newsletter aims to create a platform for the networks and their members to share information, best practices, tools and research. The ultimate goal is to enhance our work for the vulnerable children in Africa. We do envision a lively platform with active participation by many different networks and organisations. For this first newsletter we designed a format and asked a few people for their contributions. For the next newsletter (due in September) we invite you to contribute to one or more of the columns and thus add to building a joint newsletter!

I hope you appreciate our efforts, enjoy the reading and forward the articles to other organisations and professionals in your networks!

Doortje ‘t Hart, senior advisor Children affected by AIDS at STOP AIDS NOW!

Increasing linking and learning – Results from the network mapping exercise

STOP AIDS NOW! has undertaken a mapping exercise, to learn more about the networks in Africa that focus on children affected by HIV and AIDS (CABA) and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). We wanted to know if there are ways we can link with and learn from each other. We have invited networks to fill out a short questionnaire, and received 15 replies from 12 different countries.

From the results of the questionnaire, it is clear that the networks show a great willingness and eagerness to share information with other networks and organisations. STOP AIDS NOW! welcomes that and we aim to facilitate the sharing process. This newsletter is the first initiative that results from the mapping. We will also create a space on our website for best practices and to stimulate on-line discussion on our website. Read more >>

Meet a champion for children: Joshua Ainabyona

Joshua Ainabyona is the program manager of NOVOC, the Network of Organisations for Vulnerable and Orphaned Children in Malawi. NOVOC is the national umbrella organization for those working for better care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the country. The Network aims to increase the quality and availability of services to OVC country-wide, and, in Joshua’s words, “what drives us is that all these children are better cared for and families can sustain themselves.” Get inspired by Joshua’s story and learn all about his work on supporting the children in Malawi.

Little pearl

YEI wins Cordaid HIV and AIDS award for excelling in local resource mobilization!

Since 2008 Cordaid has awarded organisations and individuals for outstanding work carried out in the field of HIV and AIDS. In 2012 the focus of the award was on mobilisation of local resources for care and support initiatives for children affected with HIV. Award winner in 2012 was Youth Empowering Initiative (YEI) in Uganda, an organisation that shows outstanding commitment and leadership in mobilising local resources to implement sustainable care and support initiatives for children living with or affected by HIV. Almost two thirds of the resources generated by YEI over the past three years have been obtained through local resources mobilization: from local businesses, the local government, the local hospital, community members and through the sales of items produced at the training centre. According to YEI mobilizing local resources starts with building and sustaining a reputation of trust.

Read the article and get ready to share your experiences: What can local resource mobilization do for your organization? Please share your good practices and/or questions here!

What’s new

Launch of Tumaini Awards Program 2013 in Uganda

The third series of Tumaini awards 2013 was launched under the Day of the African Child theme “Eliminating harmful social and cultural practices against children: Our collective Responsibility”. The Tumaini Awards Program was initiated in 2011 and is now established as an annual agenda to achieve the following objectives;
  • To increase public and community awareness around children’s rights issues;
  • To recognise and honour those who do extraordinary work with, and for, children; and;
  • To inspire others to work harder to improve the lives of children in Uganda.

Try out the STOP AIDS NOW! Board Game on Partnerships!

Based on the lessons of a joint learning project to support children and their families in a context of HIV and AIDS, STOP AIDS NOW! has been developing a Board Game on Partnerships together with its South African partners. Through this interactive board game, participants from the NGO and community development sector are stimulated to share experiences and the learnings from these experiences. The game addresses various issues that organisations deal with on a daily basis, regarding programme development and implementation, networking, communication, meaningful participation of children, funding, and management and governance. Read more >>

New UNAIDS report highlights progress in the AIDS response in Africa

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released a new report on the AIDS response in Africa, ‘Update’. It documents the remarkable recent progress against HIV in the continent. More than 7 million people are now on HIV treatment across Africa, while new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths continue to fall. Read more >>



  • 16 June: Day of the African Child; theme this year: Eliminating harmful social and cultural practices affecting children: our collective responsibility
  • 29-31 October 2013 Nairobi: 2nd Regional Psychosocial Support Forum organized by the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI). The theme of this year’s forum is Mainstreaming Psychosocial Support in Child Protection: Linking evidence and practice.
  • 5-6 December 2013 Cape Town: Road to Melbourne Meeting of the Coalition from Children affected by AIDS with the theme: Early Intervention for Children Born into HIV-affected Families
  • 7-11 December 2013 Cape Town: 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) Now more than ever: targeting ZERO . Abstract submissions and scholarship applications close on the 20th of June 2013.

STOP AIDS NOW! is a partnership between Aids Fonds, Hivos, ICCO, Cordaid and Oxfam


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