Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS Strategic Initiative
Implementing a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Strategy for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS Initiative
The Initiative seeks to improve the developmental outcomes of all young children (from birth to five) in five focus African countries through ensuring quality evidence-based programmes, strengthening systems and building an evidence base for early childhood development.
Young children and caregivers; community-based organisations
A variety of monitoring and evaluation activities
Various interventions across the five countries
Mphatlalatsane: Early Morning Star
A cluster randomised control trial of a parenting intervention integrating early childhood care and development, HIV testing and treatment and nutrition support in Mokhotlong, Lesotho
Caregivers receive training in sensitive “book-sharing” skills, combined with a participatory approach to addressing issues around health, HIV testing and nutrition education. Eight group-based sessions take place at the local preschool, followed by community wide health events.
(1-5yrs) and their primary caregivers
Baseline, immediate post-intervention and a one-year follow-up
Community-based intervention delivered by CHWs
The Benefits of Early Book-Sharing (BEBS)
The Benefits of Early Book-Sharing for child cognitive and socio-emotional development in South Africa: A randomised control trial
BEBS is an evaluation of a parenting intervention using dialogic book-sharing, delivered through eight group sessions, to prevent the development of aggression in children in South Africa. The intervention was delivered to groups of caregivers in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
140 caregivers and their children
Assessed at baseline, immediate post- and 6mo post-intervention
Group-based intervention delivered by CHWs
Language ENvironment Analysis (LENA)
A multi-country, multi-programme implementation of the Language Environment Analysis (LENA) System
Analysing children's language environment using LENA as part of two intervention studies in Lesotho and South Africa. Participating children wear vests with the LENA recording device, which captures language heard and spoken by the child during the day.
70 children in South Africa; 600 children in Lesotho
Post-intervention assessments using LENA
Dialogic book-sharing parenting interventions
Khwezi Lokusa: Early Morning Star
Adapting an intervention to improve HIV testing of young children in South Africa through a community-based parenting programme
Khwezi Lokusa adapts the Lesotho Mphatlalatsane (Early Morning Star) HIV intervention component for delivery in South Africa, and tests the feasibility and acceptability of integrating the component into an existing community-based parenting programme.
Children (2-9yrs) and their caregivers; key stakeholders
Qualitative interviews; pre- and post assessment
Community-based parenting programme
Selemela: Sharing picture books with groups of children
A preschool-based book-sharing intervention, implemented in rural preschool centres in Mokhotlong, Lesotho
Preschool teachers are trained to use dialogic book-sharing in their classrooms, in order to engage children in stimulating activities, and improve the outcomes of young children attending these centres.
176 preschool children, teachers
Dialogic book-sharing for groups of children
Community-led Action for Children (CLAC)
Evaluating Plan International’s parenting and early childhood education programme in Kenya
An evaluation of children attending early learning centres supported by Plan International’s CLAC2 programme in Western Kenya. Our team assessed child development and behaviour through direct child assessments and caregiver interviews, and also observed preschool activities and parenting group sessions.”