TREAT Asia Pediatric Network
TREAT Asia’s pediatric network was created in 2005 to form a regional association of pediatric HIV clinicians, researchers, and orphan advocates and to establish a pediatric HIV observational database for epidemiologic research. Consisting of 22 clinics or programs that operate on the front lines of pediatric AIDS treatment and research in Asia, the TREAT Asia pediatric network involves sites in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The challenges of treating HIV-positive children are particularly complex. “Children need antiretroviral regimens that can last a lifetime,” notes Dr. Annette Sohn, director of TREAT Asia. “Their situation is very different from those who acquire their infections as adults.”
One of the main priorities of the pediatric program has been to establish the TREAT Asia Pediatric HIV Observational Database (TApHOD), a project designed to provide insights into improving treatment access and outcomes for HIV-positive children in Asia. TApHOD includes data on more than 1,800 infants and children from participating sites in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
One of the linchpins of TApHOD is a customized electronic data collection program that can help sites with clinical management while functioning as a research tool. Providing this database and training staff to use it represents meaningful capacity building, a key objective to which the pediatric program is firmly committed.
As TApHOD grows, it will focus on answering important research questions that will inform clinical practice and regional HIV policy.