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Ghana Cuts New HIV Infections Among Children by 76 Percent

June 28, 2013

The number of HIV-infected Ghanaian children accessing HIV treatment doubled from 2009 to 2012, resulting in a 76-percent decline in HIV incidence among children since 2009. Ghana was one of 21 African countries targeted by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) "Global Plan towards elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive" (Global Plan). Other priority countries where HIV incidence declined more than 50 percent among children included Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. South Africa had 24,000 fewer new HIV infections among children in 2012 than in 2009 (a 63-percent decline). Overall, HIV infections among children in the 21 priority nations declined by 38 percent (130,000 fewer new infections) since 2009.

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