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African leaders commit to end AIDS among children by 2030

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1st Ministerial Meeting Global Alliance to End Childhood AIDS Showed a step-up in action to ensure that every boy and girl can get HIV access to life-saving care; An HIV-positive mother can have a virus-free baby.

Ministers and representatives have developed a plan that includes providing testing to more pregnant women and linking them to care, as well as identifying and caring for HIV-infected infants and children.

hope and heartbreak

Our international partners set how we can help them reach these goals.

“This meeting gave me hope,” Said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director UNAIDSthe United Nations agency leading the global fight to end the disease.

“The inequalities that break my heart are for children living with HIV, and today’s leaders have demonstrated a commitment to the decisive action needed to put it right,” she added. .

die every 5 minutes

Currently, one child dies from AIDS-related causes every five minutes worldwide.

About half, or 52%, of children living with HIV receive life-saving treatment, while 76% of adults receive World Health Organization (WHO)WHO) is described as: “https://news.google.com/__i/rss/rd/articles/One of the most glaring divides in the response to AIDS.”

Furthermore, children account for only 4% of people living with HIV, but 15% of all AIDS-related deaths.

commitment and support

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the commitment of its leaders and pledged the full support of government agencies.

UNICEF Executive Director Anurita Baines said every child has the right to a healthy and hopeful future. keep being left behind In the global response to HIV and AIDS. ”

The Global Alliance to End Childhood AIDS announced At the AIDS conference in Montreal, Canada, July 2022.

As a result of its first ministerial meeting, Dar es Salaam Declaration to End Children’s AIDSwas unanimously approved.

no room for complacency

Tanzania’s Vice President Philip Mpango called on us to move forward as a community.

“We all have to do our part to end AIDS in our children,” he said. “The Global Alliance is the right direction and Don’t settle for the status quo2030 is right in front of us. ”

Tanzania is one of 12 countries with high HIV burdens to join the alliance in phase one.

The others are Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Early detection and treatment

Work will focus on four pillars including early detection and optimal treatment for infants, children and adolescents. In addition to filling a gap in the treatment of HIV-positive pregnant and lactating women, eliminate transmission to their baby.

Countries also Preventing new HIV infections In addition to addressing structural barriers that hinder access to rights, gender equality and services among pregnant and lactating adolescent girls and women.

Progress is possible!

UNAIDS believes progress is possible, as 16 countries and territories have already obtained certification to limit mother-to-child transmission of HIV and/or syphilis.

HIV and other infections can be transmitted during pregnancy or breastfeeding, but prompt treatment or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for at-risk mothers can disrupt the process.

Last year, Botswana became the first African country with high HIV prevalence to be verified as on track to eliminate vertical HIV transmission.

Botswana’s vertical transmission rate is now 2%, compared with 10% ten years ago.

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