Working together for the greater good

Strengthening and improving the healthcare system has been at the heart of what we do since CHIVA’s inception in 2004. Using expert HIV mentors who provided on-site, real-time and practical learning, best practices were shared – most of which remain in use at a hospital level today. We’re as committed now as we were then […]

Making technology work for us

We have designed technology-based resources that: Present healthcare workers with self-development and eLearning tools to supplement the clinical and psychosocial mentorship we provide. Educate children and adolescents on HIV, HIV treatment and the importance of adherence to treatment. Empower caregivers and families with the correct information to support their children in HIV treatment. Provide a […]

Stopping the spread

Our ultimate goal is an AIDS-free generation, and that goal can only be achieved by working with the youth of today. HIV prevention, treatment and care activities must be in line with the needs of the youth if we intend to curb and ultimately stop the transmission of new infections. By listening to and considering […]

Driving home the importance of adhering to treatment

Experience has shown us that HIV treatment and care is most effective when our clients have a healthy support structure at home. We must address any shortfalls in our clients’ family environment and strengthen community services to ensure our clients do not return to ill health in the long term. While the child/adolescent is receiving […]

A model of healthy mentorship

Our blended model of clinical and psychosocial mentorship and teaching is what sets CHIVA apart. By working closely with the Department of Health’s laboratory system, we can identify clients living with advanced HIV. Through real-time, case-by-case monitoring, we ensure children and adolescents living with HIV (our “clients”) receive the proper healthcare they so desperately need. […]


Dear Friends and Colleagues, CHIVA Africa, established in 2004, has made an enormous impact on the lives of children and young people with HIV in South Africa. Juliet Houghton joined the CHIVA South Africa staff in Durban ten years ago, having previously been one of our specialist nurse volunteers.  After fifteen years with us, in […]


CHIVA has been supporting rural clinics in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa for almost 20 years, transforming the lives of children living with HIV.  One of these is baby Anele: this is her story. Anele* was born in February 2022 to Nontobeko*, a Grade 12 learner living with HIV. As a vulnerable adolescent, Nontobeko has very little support […]