The first step in pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment outreach is conducting a site assessment to determine the pre-existing resources and gaps.  

Tools for accomplishing this step are below:

  • Letter of Introduction (Sample) 
    Send a letter of introduction to government health officers and health facility directors to explain what teaching and mentoring services will be available.
     
  • Initial Site Assessment Introduction
    Present this to health facility staff at the time of the first site assessment. It explains the purpose of the site assessment and outlines expectations for an ongoing mentorship program.
     
  • Initial Site Assessment Questionnaire
    Use this to gather information during a site assessment visit. The data in the section "Baseline Data" is derived using the "Data Extraction Form" (see below).
     
  • ART Data Extraction Form 
    Use this to gather baseline quantitative information on existing pediatric ART care.
     
  • Ancillary Services Data Extraction Form
    Use this to gather data on services that serve as referral bases for pediatric HIV care: under-5 clinic, maternity, antenatal clinic, inpatient pediatrics, HIV counseling and testing.
     
  • Checklist for Excellence in Pediatric HIV Care 
    Use this to gather data on services that serve as referral bases for pediatric HIV care: under-5 clinic, maternity, antenatal clinic, inpatient pediatrics, HIV counseling and testing.
     
  • Pediatric Clinical Mentorship Dates 
    Once a schedule for outreach mentorship has been established, write in the scheduled dates on this form and post it at the health facility. Make sure it is posted at all sites that serve as referral bases for pediatric HIV care (under-5 clinic, outpatient clinic, maternity, etc.)