CAMPAIGN: Prescription for Life: Take action to help children living with HIV

The vast majority of children living with HIV around the world lack access to HIV testing and treatment. We can do something about that. The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), in collaboration with partners around the world, are embarking on a year-long action with governments, pharmaceutical companies and media to improve access to medicines for children with HIV. Children and young people are invited to take action with their school, faith community or family to help make this happen.

This action guide builds on the EAA’s teaching resource on advocacy and HIV and AIDS, which is available for fuller information about teaching children about AIDS and advocating for progress in prevention, treatment, care and support:

What you can do!

This action guide is for teachers and schools, parents families, faith leaders and their communities, and all who play a vital role in making young people more aware of the world in which they live and empowering them to take action on behalf of, and in solidarity with, others.

Young people, especially aged 11-16, are encouraged to write letters to governments and pharmaceutical companies asking them to improve the treatment and services available to children living with HIV. Ideas are also given for students and youth groups to raise awareness of these issues in local newspapers and other media. Plans for three activities for youth groups, schools and families are included:

  • Learning about children and HIV
  • Writing letters to government health ministries and pharmaceutical companies
  • Gaining media coverage of letter writing activities and of the issues.  


The EAA plans to display copies of young people’s letters at the United Nations on the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will be celebrated on Universal Children’s Day - 20 November 2009. See page three for details of where and when you should send your letters.  


Download the action guide here.



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