According to data just released in the UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2022, globally, only half (52%) of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment, far behind adults where three-quarters (76%) ) are receiving antiretrovirals. Concerned by the stumbling block in progress for children, and the growing gap between children and adults, UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO and partners have brought together a global coalition to ensure that any child living with HIV has access to HIV by the end of the decade. Treatment is not used to prevent and to prevent new infant HIV infection.
The new global coalition to end AIDS in children by 2030 was announced by prominent figures at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada.
In addition to United Nations agencies, the coalition includes civil society movements, a global network of people living with HIV, national governments in the most affected countries, and international partners including PEPFAR and the Global Fund. Twelve countries have joined the alliance in the first phase: Angola, Cameroon, Cte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Coalition consultation has identified four pillars for collective action:
- Closing the treatment interval and optimizing treatment continuity for pregnant and lactating adolescent girls and women living with HIV;
- prevention and detection of new HIV infections in pregnant and lactating adolescent girls and women;
- Accessible testing, customized treatment, and comprehensive care for infants, children, and adolescents exposed to and living with HIV; And
- Removal of social and structural barriers that impede access to rights, gender equality and services.
Addressing the International AIDS Conference, Lesotho’s Lympho Nteko shared how she was diagnosed with HIV positive at the age of 21 while pregnant with her first child. This took her on a journey where she now works for the leading women-led Moms 2 Moms program. He said that enabling community leadership is the key to an effective response.
“We must all sprint together to end AIDS in children by 2030,” Ms Nteko said. “To be successful, we need a healthy, informed generation of young people who feel free to talk about HIV, and to get the services and support they need to protect them and their children from HIV. Mothers 2 Mothers has achieved the virtual eradication of mother-to-child transmission of HIV for our enrolled customers for eight consecutive years – demonstrating what we can do when we allow women and communities to create solutions tailored to their realities. what is possible.”
The coalition, which will run for the next eight years until 2030, aims to fix one of the most obvious disparities in the AIDS response. Coalition members are united in the assessment that the challenge can be overcome through partnership.
“The widening gap in treatment coverage between children and adults is an outrage,” said Winnie Byanyama, UNAIDS executive director. “Through this alliance, we will turn that outrage into action. By bringing together new advanced medicines, new political commitments and strong community activism, we can become the generation to end AIDS among children. We can win this – but we can only win together.”
Katherine Russell, executive director of UNICEF, said, “Despite progress to reduce vertical transmission, increase testing and treatment, and increase access to information, children around the world are still likely to have access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services for adults.” much less than that.” , “The launch of the Global Coalition to End AIDS in Children is an important step , And UNICEF is committed to working with all our partners to achieve an AIDS-free future.”
“No child should be born or grow up with HIV, and no child with HIV should go without treatment,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The fact that only half of children with HIV receive antiretrovirals is a scam, and a stain on our collective conscience. The Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children renews our commitment to children and their families. An opportunity to speak, speak and act with purpose and solidarity with all mothers, children and adolescents.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagi Ehnier, pledged to “change the lives of children left behind” by putting in place the necessary systems to ensure that health services meet the needs of children living with HIV.
Nigeria, Dr Ehnire announced, will host the political launch of the Alliance in Africa at a ministerial meeting in October 2022.
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