UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean


HIV/AIDS and Children

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It is estimated that 68,000 children (less than 15 years) and 740,000 adolescents (15-24 years) are living with HIV. 

Ninety percent acquired the infection through their mothers but only one third of all pregnant women are offered prevention of mother-to-child transmission services (PMTCT) to stop them passing the virus onto their babies. 

UNICEF is making a difference in the lives of children living with or affected by AIDS by:

  • strengthening PMTCT services
  • providing pediatric treatment
  • preventing infection
  • supporting children affected by AIDS
  • strengthening the participation of adolescents in prevention and intervention activities
  • evaluating existing services to determine disparities in access to information and services


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