Africa: UNICEF Calls for More Efforts to Reduce Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission
November 18, 2011
Around 23 percent of HIV-positive pregnant women in Western and Central Africa received treatment to prevent their infants from becoming infected in 2009, up from 4 percent in 2005, UNICEF said Wednesday. Yet despite this improvement, many countries in the region are lagging behind in efforts to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission.
"Reducing the number of new infections among children by 90 percent and the number of AIDS-related maternal deaths by 50 percent by 2015 is now within reach," though "a national priority for the countries concerned" is imperative, UNICEF said.
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