UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS is a five-year campaign aimed at putting children at the centre of the national response to HIV/AIDS. The campaign is an urgent call for action to raise awareness about the devastating impact of the pandemic on children and to scale up all prevention, treatment, care and support programmes for children.
The campaign calls upon every part of Mozambican society to join in order to meet the challenge posed by the AIDS pandemic, including government institutions, the UN system, non-governmental organizations, community groups, educational institutions, the business sector, the media, religious leaders and young people themselves.
UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS is part of a global campaign which was launched at the United Nations in New York on 25 October with Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot. It is the largest campaign ever mounted to bring the world’s attention to the global impact of HIV/AIDS on children and young people.
The face of AIDS is a child’s face
HIV/AIDS is redefining childhood for millions of children. In Mozambique more than one million children are directly affected by the pandemic. They are either living with the virus themselves, have lost one or both parents or are caring for family members suffering from AIDS-related diseases. As in most of the other Southern African countries, women and girls are particularly affected.
The response to HIV/AIDS in Mozambique is gaining pace, but much more needs to be done to halt and reverse the spread of the disease. Children must be at the centre of all interventions against HIV/AIDS.