Procurement value (ARVs + HIV/AIDS test kits): $41 million
About two million children are infected with HIV, millions more
are affected by AIDS due to parental illness or death and some 15
million children have been orphaned by the pandemic.
In 2005, the United Nations took decisive action in the fight against
HIV/AIDS. The “Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS” Campaign
was launched to support partnerships to advance actions for children,
adolescents and young people affected by the pandemic.
Supplies are essential to the protection of children from HIV/AIDS
and the treatment of infected children. UNICEF is strongly committed
to make test kits and ARVs more widely accessible to children and
pregnant women. The role of Supply Division is essential in this
The procurement of antiretrovirals and HIV/AIDS test kits has shown
remarkable growth from 2004 to 2005, increasing respectively from
$18.4 million to $33.5 million and $2.9 to $8 million worth of supplies.
In 2005, UNICEF delivered HIV/AIDS-related supplies to 42 countries.
The focus of Supply Division in the area of HIV/AIDS related supplies
in 2005 was the availability of
improved paediatric ARVs and products needed for the prevention of
mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).
Supply Division now offers 40 different treatments and has created
a stockpile of HIV/AIDS-related products to help countries experiencing
INDIA: A woman who is HIV-positive, lies
next to her newborn child in V.V. Hospital, in Bangalore. The
HIV status of her
newborn is not known. Globally, less than 10 per cent of pregnant
women are offered services to prevent transmission of
HIV to their infants.