A new global coalition to end AIDS in children by 2030 has been announced at the 24th International AIDS Conference here to ensure that no child living with HIV is denied treatment by the end of the decade in preventing HIV infection.
The coalition is formed under a joint United Nations program with HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), civil society groups, governments and international partners, Xinhua news agency reported.
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“No child should be born or grow up with HIV and no child with HIV should be denied treatment,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
He said, “The Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children is an opportunity for children and their families to unite, speak out and act with purpose, and renew our commitment to solidarity with all mothers, children and adolescents.” “
A UNAIDS report showed that globally only 52 percent of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment. This category lags far behind the 76 percent of adults receiving antiretrovirals.
“The wide gap in treatment coverage between children and adults is a breach,” said Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director.
He said, “Through this alliance, we will take action on that violation. By bringing together new better drugs, new political commitment, and resolute community activism, we can be the generation to end AIDS among children. We can win it.” can – but we can win together.”
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According to UNICEF, approximately 2.8 million children and adolescents are currently living with HIV and about 88 percent of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Only 54 percent of infected children and adolescents are under HIV treatment, compared to 85 percent of pregnant women living with HIV.
In 2020, at least 300,000 children were infected with HIV. That is, every two minutes a child became a victim of this dangerous infection.
In the same year, 120,000 children and adolescents died of AIDS-related causes. That is, every five minutes a child lost his life due to this disease.