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UNAIDS

Almost 20 years of struggle against AIDS have underlined the need for the concerted, focused efforts of a wide range of actors. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS—UNAIDS—was created in 1996 to help meet that challenge.

UNAIDS serves as the leading advocate for global action against HIV/AIDS. Its mission is to guide, strengthen and support worldwide efforts to turn the tide against the epidemic.

At the end of 2015 the UNAIDs Programme Coordinating Board adopted a new strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

All UN Member States have adopted this strategy and most governments have adopted HIV prevention programmes. However many developing countries lack the expertise or funding to fully implement effective programmes. Hence prevention gaps.    

The agreed Sustainable Development Goals include ‘empowering women to prevent HIV infection in Africa, investing in community advocacy and services to end the AIDs epidemic’. Maternal education & parental education & access to basic medical facilities are key to achieving these goals.

ABC has adopted this challenge.


FACTS

  • At the end of 2013 there were an estimated 35million people living with HIV
  • At the end of 2013 there were an estimated 240,000 children newly infected with HIV
  • Only half of women in developing regions receive the recommended amount of health care they need
  • Although new HIV infections among children have declined by 58% since 2001 there is still a high proportion of children born with inherited HIV in rural areas

New HIV infections among children (aged 0-14 years) with and without the provision of antiretroviral medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission, global 1995 - 2015

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