Mission and Vision
Our MISSION is to mobilize and strengthen a network of frontline healthcare providers to improve paediatric and adolescent HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our VISION is that all children and adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa receive optimal treatment, care and support and live long, healthy lives.
Summary of Programmatic Goals
To improve the quality of paediatric and adolescent treatment, care and support at health facility level
To grow and deepen engagement of the PATA network and increase peer-to-peer exchange between healthcare providers across countries and regions
To incubate, document and share promising practices in paediatric and adolescent treatment, care and support in order to effect positive change in policies, programs and practices at national and global levels
Goal #1: To improve the quality of paediatric and adolescent treatment, care and support at health facility level
Through PATA Forums, PATA will provide paediatric and adolescent HIV technical input and capacity-building to operationalize change on the frontline of service delivery.
Prior to 2015, PATA held a Continental Summit every third year, with Sub-Regional Forums held in the intervening two years. Looking ahead, PATA will convene a Continental Summit each year, in order to facilitate increased opportunity for regular and consistent contact across focus countries. Local Forums will be held regularly in order to retain connection to local realities and emerging approaches at the district level.
In 2014, PATA implemented a new and more focused Continental Summit format which laid the foundation for a higher standard of learning and enhanced promising practice pilot and quality improvement planning. The format includes plenary presentations, peer workshops, multisector stakeholder panels, and promising practices world café’s. This format will continue to be improved through monitoring and evaluation (M&E). PATA Forum follow-up capacity-building will continue to be strengthened through improved strategies and scheduled activities that offer support, guidance, linkage and connection to technical information and expertise remotely for frontline healthcare providers. These activities include regular telephonic contact, monitoring Promising Practice Grid progress, distribution of relevant guidelines and tools and site visits where possible.
Goal #2: To grow and deepen engagement of the PATA network and increase peer-to-peer exchange between healthcare providers across countries and regions
Through PATA Connect, PATA will establish or improve effective networking tools to share promising practices, and offer peer support and guidance between cadres of health providers, countries and regions.
Goal #3: To incubate, document and share promising practices in paediatric and adolescent treatment, care and support in order to effect positive change in policies, programs and practices at national and global levels
Through PATA Incubation Projects & Programmes and PATA Practice-Based Evidence & Advocacy, PATA will utilize a unified M&E system to synergize monitoring and analysis across all PATA activities in order to identify, document and advocate for promising practice implementation models in line with the global targets. PATA has been challenged in developing a clear and focused advocacy agenda, coupled with a targeted communications strategy, that can drive and create visibility and attention to a set of clearly defined, measurable advocacy objectives.
The PATA network has grown to include healthcare providers at more than 300 associated health facilities across 24 countries that collectively care for over 200,000 children and adolescents on ART. PATA therefore has the potential to provide access to and serve as a point of entry to frontline healthcare providers responsible for the treatment, care and support of HIV-positive children and adolescents across sub-Saharan Africa. PATA creates a powerful platform to deliver large-scale, cost-effective capacity-building and technical input directly to the frontline.
The PATA network includes members from three sub-Saharan Africa sub-regions (Southern, East and West/Central Africa), and comprises several cadres of health professionals and lay service providers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, community health workers and peer supporters. The focus on multi-disciplinary approaches forms part of PATA methodology on creating communities of best practice. The PATA network’s diversity of composition and focus on multidisciplinary team approaches creates the opportunity for peer-peer exchange, clinic-community collaboration, shared learning and dissemination of promising practices.
PATA has begun to develop partnerships at global and national level with policy-makers and policy-influencers. This speaks to the increasing value that decision-makers are placing on leveraging ‘real world information’ and civil society engagement to achieve better outcomes. The PATA network provides access to valuable information and insights regarding effective service delivery models and potential solutions. This information has the power to drive policy change at the national and global levels.
PATA’s goals, programmes and activities target its direct beneficiary group (frontline healthcare providers). We do this with the aim of improving the lives of its indirect beneficiary group (children and adolescents living with HIV). PATA believes that frontline healthcare providers are an effective entry point to and channel for improving paediatric and adolescent HIV outcomes.
As depicted in Figure 2 below, PATA’s work centres around sharing promising practices in paediatric and adolescent HIV treatment care and support to:
Build the capacity of healthcare providers to operationalize change on the frontline of health delivery
Facilitate peer-peer exchange between health facilities, countries, sub-regions and healthcare provider cadres
Advocate for change at national and global levels
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