Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Unite for children. Unite against AIDS
Initiated by UNICEF’s National Committees, the Campaign demonstrates the benefits of engaging partners at every level, through concerted efforts in both developing and industrialized countries.
The Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS campaign is part of gathering worldwide momentum to counter the HIV/AIDS pandemic with funding and global support. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Bank and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief have all stepped up to fill financing gaps and streamline donation mechanisms. The combined efforts of the 10 UNAIDS co-sponsors and other partners have helped boost political leadership at the national level and expand community participation.
This reinvigorated leadership is crucial. The number of people living with HIV is at an all-time high, and women are increasingly more infected than men, with grave implications for their children.
UNICEF – already the world’s leading procurer of mosquito nets – has emerged as a leader in developing effective distribution of highly subsidized nets at the local level. The World Malaria Report, issued in May 2005 by Roll Back Malaria, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, revealed increases in the number of nets sold or distributed in many African countries from 1999–2003.
Many countries are accelerating availability of insecticide-treated nets through integration with immunization and antenatal care services. Large-scale integrated campaigns were carried out in several countries in 2005 and are planned for more in 2006.
In another important milestone, by the end of 2005 artemisinin-containing combination therapy (ACT), one of the most effective malaria treatments, was adopted as first- or second-line treatment by 56 countries, over 30 of them in Africa.