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Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS

In October 2005, UNICEF, UNAIDS and a host of partners launched a five-year global campaign to ensure that the next generation of children is AIDS-free.

The world must recognise the specific impact of AIDS on children if it is to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 -- to halt and begin to reverse the spread of the disease by 2015. Failure to meet this goal will undermine our chances of reaching the other MDGS as AIDS frustrates efforts to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, to provide universal primary education, and to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. 

World leaders have pledged to step up efforts to halt the spread of AIDS. There is growing political leadership on this issue. There are growing resources and better data. More people are receiving antiretroviral therapy. More people are being reached by prevention services.

But 20 years into the epidemic, children are still missing out. It is time to put that right.

© UNICEF/SWZK00792/Pirozzi
At a home for AIDS orphans and abandoned children in the Russian Federation

AIDS and children in CEE/CIS

Our region has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. An estimated 1.4 million people are now living with HIV, with around 210,000 newly infected in 2004 alone. More than 80% of those living with HIV in our region at under the age of 30, compared to just 30% in Western Europe. Yet action for children and adolescents affected by HIV is too little, too slow, too ad-hoc. Why? Because children in CEE/CIS -- like children the world over -- are missing from the debate. They are ...

Missing from HIV policies
Missing from prevention programmes
Missing from treatment programmes
Missing from society, missing an identity
Missing from information and media campaigns
Missing parents
Missing school, health care and good nutrition
Missing out on their rights
Missing out on childhood itself

The Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS campaign aims to push children and adolescents to the top of the AIDS agenda, to the forefront of the debate, in keeping with their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The campaign will focus on the "Four Ps"

Prevent infection among adolescents and young people

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission

Provide paediatric treatment

Protection of orphans and vulnerable children

For more information:

Lynn Geldof, Regional Communication Adviser
Tel: (+ 4122) 909 5429





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