Session Date: April 23, 2021
Session Description: In recognizing that adolescents and youth living with HIV (AYLHIV) face unique barriers and challenges with access and uptake of services across the HIV cascade, there remains an unmet need in ensuring quality and effective linkages to care and treatment, especially for adolescents and youth. The Elizabeth Glaser pediatric Foundations’ (EGPAF) Red Carpet Program (RCP), with its multi-disciplinary approach, values the meaningful engagement of young people in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the intervention, and provides tailored, quality services to AYLHIV clients across the cascade of care and treatment. It is an evidence-based model that increases linkage to health services, retention in HIV care, and treatment success for adolescents and youth (10-24 years). RCP is composed of three individual but interlinked components that holistically ensure adolescent responsive services in the health facility and beyond. This workshop will introduce the RCP model and build skills and understanding on how to contextualize and implement this innovative model at facility and community level while working with various stakeholders. Experiences in implementation in the Kenya and Malawi contexts will be shared to provide additional perspectives.