Paediatric AIDS treatment and care
• Some 30% of infected children die by their first birthday, and 50% die within their second year of life.
• In low-and middle-income countries, the number of children under age 15 who receive ART increased sharply to almost 200,000 in 2007, from around 127,000 in 2006 and 75,000 in 2005.
• In East Asia and the Pacific, the number of children under age 15 who receive ART rose to 12,000 in 2007, from 9,700 in 2006 and 6,000 in 2005. Smaller figures are reported in South Asia during same period – from 1,500 (2005) and 3,000 (2006) to 9,000 (2007).
• In East Asia and the Pacific, 28% of all infants born to infected mothers were receiving ART prophylaxis, and 15.9% of infants who were in need of ART were receiving cotrimoxazole treatment.
UNICEF in action
UNICEF is spearheading efforts to introduce and expand paediatric interventions in our region. These include:
• Strengthening monitoring and reporting systems towards holistic care for HIV-infected and newborns