The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) has released a report that shows that the fight over HIV/AIDS among children is being won by the day; the agency reports that the incidence of HIV/AIDS among children has reduced by 40%, and to this end, about 1.1 million children have been prevented from contracting the disease between 2009 and 2013.
World AIDS Day is being celebrated every December 1 to raise awareness about the scourges of HIV/AIDS all over the world, and it appears this campaign is helping children and adults alike from contracting the infectious disease. It is true that world leaders and international agencies aim to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS among people to 10%, or rather achieve a 90% victory over it, the 1.1 million children under the age of 15 prevented from having the disease between 2005 and 2013 is a great news and a welcome development.
According to Anthony Lake, the executive director for UNICEF, “We must close the gap, and invest more in reaching every mother, every newborn, every child and every adolescent with HIV prevention and treatment programs that can save and improve their lives.”
And to achieve this, medical services like Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) has proved highly effective at bringing the rate of incidence to a bare minimum. Pregnant women with HIV/AIDS are treated so that they don’t pass the infection to their unborn children – and successes recorded in African countries of Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, among others have shown that the efforts are working out toward the ultimate goals.
Dr. Alina Alonso, a director at the Florida Health Department in Palm Beach County advises that undergoing frequent tests at regular intervals would help people diagnose the problem in time and learn ways to curb its spread among family and friends. The UNICEF report states that due to the fact that only 67% of pregnant women get access to effective treatment, about 190,000 children under the age of 15 lose their lives to HIV/AIDS as a result of lack of treatments.