1.1 million HIV infections in children prevented: UNICEF

1.1 million HIV infections in children prevented: UNICEF

by The Daily Eye Team December 2 2014, 12:49 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 47 secs

United Nations: An estimated 1.1 million human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among children under the age of 15 have been prevented between 2005 and 2013. According to data released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Friday ahead of World AIDS Day, new HIV infections among children has declined by about 40 percent between 2009 and 2013, Xinhua reported. However, the global goal of reducing the figure by 90 percent is still out of reach, the data said. The progress has been made through providing more pregnant women living with HIV with services for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), such as lifelong HIV treatment which can reduce the transmission of virus to babies and keep their mothers alive. The sharpest declines took place in eight African countries, including Malawi, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, among others. However, only 67 percent of pregnant women living with HIV in all low- and middle-income countries received the most effective treatment for PMTCT in 2013.

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