CHIVA aims to:
- Enhance the health and social outcomes for children, young people and families living with HIV
- Reduce the isolation of children and young people living with HIV
- Ensure the voices of children, young people and families living with HIV are present in service and practice development
- Reduce the stigma faced by children, young people and families living with HIV
- Facilitate knowledge about HIV and thus empower young people with HIV to become more independent.
CHIVA will accomplish this through different activities that include:
- Ongoing support for the CHIVA Youth Committee, their active involvement in CHIVA events and the development of CHIVA’s work
- Developing and updating standards of care for the treatment of children and families with HIV
- Developing and updating quality standards for services providing support for children and young people living with HIV outside of health care settings
- Working with children and young people living with HIV through residentials and the website, to ensure their needs are being met by CHIVA’s work
- Promoting issues relevant to children infected or affected by HIV, including perinatal mother-to-infant transmission of HIV
- Providing a resource for relevant national organisations, such as the Department of Health, Commissioning Authorities, Royal Colleges (such as RCPCH, RCOG, RCN), Health Protection Agency and BHIVA
- Recognising and promoting the multidisciplinary support that is required by children and families living with HIV
- Encouraging service providers to use the quality standards for audit, clinical governance and to inform local commissioning authorities
- Highlighting the needs of adolescents with HIV and promoting good practice for transitional care to adult services
- Promoting involvement in multicentre research trials.
The CHIVA Memorandum and Articles of Association dated 18 November 2011 can be downloaded here.