Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative

The Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development cofounded and continues to support the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) for children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty and conflict.

Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative

In collaboration with NGOs, REPSSI develops and disseminates courses and tools for psychosocial support. Through its partners, REPSSI also assists thousands of children and households with income-generating measures to help them out of extreme poverty. REPSSI helps to improve access to HIV counselling and testing as well as adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Tanzania and Zambia, thus reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Partnership objectives:

  • Help children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty and conflict cope with loss and regain confidence (psychosocial support).
  • Improve access to HIV counselling and testing, adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Tanzania and Zambiato reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify key elements of an effective minimal psychosocial package.


  • Novartis AG

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Novartis AG, was incorporated on 1996, provides healthcare solutions. The Company is a multinational group of companies specializing in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of...

  • Norweigan Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

    Funding Agencies
    Norway | Staff size: 101-250

    The Agency is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In matter regarding Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), Norad reports to the...

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Sweden | Staff size: 501-1000

    Swedish development cooperation is part of a global cooperation in which Sweden is one of many participants. In order to carry out its work, Sida cooperates with Swedish government agencies,...

  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

    Funding Agencies
    Switzerland | Staff size: Unknown
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's...

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Key Information

LocationSouthern Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Kenya, Botswana
  • Start Date 2002