Working to end AIDS for every child

A UNICEF report on the global effort to overcome the epidemic.

Children look on excited at the testing of drones by the UNICEF Innovation Team at the Kasungu Aerodrome in Kasungu in central Malawi.


The global effort to overcome the HIV epidemic is at a crossroads. Much has been achieved and many lives have been saved over the past 30 years, with the result that AIDS might not appear to be such an emergency as it did at the beginning of this century. International funding priorities are also changing in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yet there is still so much to do.

Far too many people are still dying as a result of AIDS for want of testing and treatment, and far too many children and adolescents are still being infected with HIV. Worldwide in 2017, around 3.0 million children and adolescents were living with the virus and needing lifelong treatment, and despite current prevention efforts, 430,000 new infections occurred among children and adolescents.

For more than a decade UNICEF has sought to place children at the very heart of the global response to HIV. This report looks at those global efforts.

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