Ariel Adherence Clubs: An approach to Increase Retention and Adherence among Children and Adolescents living with HIV in Tanzania

Implemented since 2007, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) currently supports Ariel Adherence Clubs (AACs) at 105 facilities across six regions in Tanzania. AACs are psychosocial support groups for HIV-positive children and adolescents aged 5–19. Clubs are grounded in the belief that children and adolescents living with HIV will achieve improved health outcomes when clinical services are complemented with high-quality social support and age-appropriate information about HIV infection, treatment, adherence, HIV status disclosure, positive living, and life skills needed for growing and aging into healthy, HIV-positive adults. The purpose of AACs is for participants improve antiretroviral treatment (ART) adherence and clinic retention, access psychosocial supports to adjust to living with HIV, and transitioning to adulthood and adult HIV care.