Youth Fighting HIV: A Deadly Challenge

11-year-old Mphilenhle* was living with HIV in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal. Sadly, even though she was receiving treatment, the severity of her disease had gone unchecked. Earlier this year, by the time we were alerted to her dangerously high viral load (the amount of virus in her bloodstream), it was already too late. The […]

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Clinical Nurse Mentor in uMzinyathi District (based in Durban) 12 month contract

Industry: Healthcare & Medical Position: Clinical Nurse in uMzinyathi District (based in Durban) Contract: 12 Months Experience Level: Experienced Professional Experience Required: 5 Years Closing Date: 29th September 2023   CHIVA is looking to employ a Clinical Nurse Mentor who will deliver teaching and mentoring to nurse clinicians delivering HIV services and HCWs providing psychosocial […]

CHIVA Africa is Transforming Lives

CHIVA Africa is Transforming Lives CHIVA Africa’s success for almost 20 years has focused on being sensitive to the needs of children and adolescents who are receiving and delivering HIV treatment. At CHIVA Africa, we have always seen challenges as opportunities, and will expand our current role of mentoring healthcare workers to deliver HIV treatment […]

An exciting year for CHIVA Africa

2023 has begun and time is already flying! CHIVA has so many exciting projects in the works and we can’t wait to get them off the ground. Our mission to transform the lives of ALL children living with and exposed to HIV, so they may lead happy, healthy, and positive lives, is something that we […]

A gift of life for Sifiso

CHIVA is committed to transforming the precious, vulnerable lives of children and adolescents living with and exposed to HIV. One of these is little Sifiso and this is how we helped empower the healthcare workers as they cared for Sifiso on his journey from being neglected and dying, to thriving and attending school for the […]

Equalize HIV treatment

This year, World Aids Day is all about looking at the barriers holding us back in the fight to end HIV. CHIVA Africa is working towards breaking down those barriers through our programmes that empower healthcare workers delivering HIV services and communities and caregivers to support children and adolescents exposed to or living with HIV. […]

Strawberry-flavoured HIV Medication for Kid’s Tastebuds

An exciting development is the introduction of ‘delicious’ strawberry-flavoured paediatric antiretrovirals (ARVs) for children that will address a key barrier to the effective treatment of HIV-positive children.  Many caregivers, healthcare workers, and everyone involved in HIV will know that the current HIV medication tastes awful! This has created so many challenges when children refuse to […]


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 […]