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UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS: a global campaign to raise awareness about the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on children


Maria de Luz Guebuza, First Lady and Patroness of the campaign in Mozambique
Joana Mangueira, Executive Secretary of the National AIDS Council
Virgilia Matabele, Minister for Women and Social Action
Leila Pakkala, UNICEF Representative


A press conference to announce the launch of the Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS campaign in Mozambique.


4 November 2005 at 11:00 a.m.


Garden of the Presidency


HIV/AIDS is robbing tens of millions of children of their childhood. But the pandemic is still perceived by many as being mainly a problem of adults. The campaign is a wake-up call to raise awareness about the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on children. Children must be at the centre of the response to HIV/AIDS – both nationally and globally. The campaign UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS aims at scaling up urgently all prevention, treatment, care and support programmes. Too much time has already been lost. 

In Mozambique, more than one million children are directly affected by the pandemic.  They are either living with the virus themselves, have lost one of both parents to AIDS or are caring for family members suffering from AIDS-related diseases.

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.

In Mozambique, UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS will be launched on November 5 at Praca da Independência by the First Lady, who acts at patroness of the campaign. The campaign brings together government leaders, national and international organizations, community groups, youth organizations and artists around a common goal: to put the care and protection of children and young people at the centre of the HIV/AIDS agenda.

For more information, please contact:

Flávia Dzimba-Cuereneia, Director of the Cabinet of the First Lady
tel. 21 498 511, email:

Francisca Sales, Deputy Director for Social Action, Minister for Women and Social Action, tel:  email:

Michael Klaus, Communication Officer, UNICEF, tel. 82 312 1820; email:

Emidio Machiana, Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, mobile 82 0305100, email:



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