At the 4th Regional Inter-Agency Task Team (RIATT) held in Tanzania 29 September to 2nd October, 2008 the delegates from 19 East and Southern African countries recommended the following actions:
- Keep parents and children alive: early diagnosis and treatment for babies, children, teenagers and parents – and ongoing care and support; as well as an urgent roll-out of programmes for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT).
- Strengthen the family as a unit of care with support that includes poverty alleviation, skills training for caregivers and children in life-skills providing effective ECD, and employing community healthcare workers.
- Increase effectiveness of services and funding through aligning all responses and improving co-ordination among all stakeholders. Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms should be strengthened and data collection should be improved, including all civil registration systems.
- Uphold human rights for ‘vulnerable’ children (including but not limited to those affected by HIV) in legislation, programmes and services.