UNICEF, UNAIDS Launch Campaign to Increase Global Support for Children Affected, Orphaned By HIV/AIDS
October 25, 2005
UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners on Tuesday launched a campaign to garner funding and support for children affected by HIV/AIDS, the Chicago Tribune reports. The campaign -- called Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS -- will focus on reducing the incidence of mother-to-child HIV transmission, curbing the spread of the virus among young people, and providing protection and emotional and financial support to children who have lost parents to AIDS (Goering, Chicago Tribune, 10/25). "The needs of children are being overlooked when strategies on HIV prevention and treatment are drafted, policies made and budgets allocated," according to a new report released Tuesday to launch the campaign (Dixon, Los Angeles Times, 10/25). Roughly 15 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, and only 10% of those children receive any public support (UNICEF release, 10/25). In addition, children under age 15 account for one-sixth of AIDS-related deaths worldwide and one-seventh of new HIV infections. About 85% of all HIV-positive children under age 15 live in sub-Saharan Africa (Lederer, AP/Long Island Newsday, 10/25). While the campaign's focus primarily is on sub-Saharan Africa, UNICEF says that 80% of HIV-positive people living in Central Asia and Eastern Europe are under age 30 and that the disease is spreading more quickly in those regions than anywhere else in the world (BBC News, 10/25).
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