From the Ural mountains to St Petersburg, the Global Campaign on Children and AIDS is on the move in Russia.
5-7 April, 2006, St Petersburg. In the Russian Federation, more than 100 new cases of HIV are registered every day. The epidemic significantly affects youth, women and children. In Russia nowadays, 80 % of people living with HIV/AIDS are under 30 years old. Women comprise almost half of new HIV-positive cases registered in 2004-2005. By the end of 2005, more than 22,000 children were born to HIV-positive mothers. Among them, more than 2,000 were abandoned by their parents. The situation is similar in Ukraine and Belarus.
After the Global Campaign launch in Moscow in November 2005, St. Petersburg was the next to host a conference. This conference was designed to help health ministries and governmental and non-governmental organizations from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to coordinate their actions to ensure universal access to programmes preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child. The meeting focused on identifying the most effective ways to prevent transmission by reviewing progress. The proceedings and the outcomes of the meeting will be reported to the Ministries of Health of the three countries.
The meeting was organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) jointly with World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS within the context of the Global Campaign UNITE FOR CHILDREN, UNITE AGAINST AIDS as well as the ‘Coordination for Action’ project spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation together with other UN agencies.