Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER)

AIM: To accelerate an evidence-informed, human rights-based and integrated HIV response for infants, children, adolescents and young people living with and affected by HIV.

The Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) is committed to placing the unique challenges faced by these populations on the global public health agenda. CIPHER works through a capacity-building approach, supporting the development of early-stage investigators, building evidence and translating research into action in low- and middle-income countries.

CIPHER has three primary objectives:

  • Research: Address priority knowledge gaps in paediatric and adolescent HIV through grants and fellowships, innovative capacity building and collaborative approaches.
  • Evidence to action: Accelerate the translation of evidence into policies, programmes and care.
  • Advocacy: Using evidence to spotlight critical issues for children, adolescents and young people in the HIV response, and enabling the creation of opportunities for meaningful engagement of these populations.

CIPHER is guided by a world-class Scientific Technical and Advisory Committee (STAC) of experts in paediatric and adolescent HIV. It is designed to complement existing global initiatives and create partnerships to maximize investment in research. Learn more about CIPHER’s committees and working groups.


IAS established CIPHER in 2012 because despite notable progress in reducing vertical transmission of HIV, paediatric and adolescent populations remain significantly disadvantaged regarding access to treatment and care. This applies particularly to young key populations, young women and girls.

With support from:


1st International Paediatric HIV Symposium in Africa - Virtual Symposium 17-18 November 2021




Annual Impact Report 2020

CIPHER Grant Programme
Awards up to $150,000 to early-stage investigators to address critical research gaps in paediatric and adolescent HIV in resource-limited settings.

CIPHER Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow Fellowship
Provides support to young investigators in sub-Saharan Africa on priority research topics in paediatric and adolescent HIV clinical science.

CIPHER Global Cohort Collaboration
Brings together the largest collaboration of paediatric and adolescent HIV observational cohort networks to answer key questions of global public health.

Research agendas for paediatric and adolescent HIV