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HIV programmes receive $130 million funding to help end AIDS in children

UNITAID partners with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and UNICEF to provide increased access to HIV diagnostics and prevention for most vulnerable groups
LONDON/NEW YORK 30 November 2016 – UNITAID announced today a $130 million contribution for HIV programmes supported by UNICEF and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). The contribution will help strengthen HIV prevention and testing methods with particular focus on adolescents, women and children.
“These investments take cutting-edge innovations and services to people who need them the most,” said UNITAID Executive Director, Lelio Marmora. “These projects have the potential to be scaled up and reach millions of people around the world.”
Announced at a World AIDS Day event in London, the UNITAID commitment focuses on two multi-country, multi-year programmes. In the first global project of its kind, UNITAID will grant UNICEF over US$38 million in funding to examine the best ways to deliver oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescents aged 15-19 at substantial risk of HIV infection. PrEP is a preventive HIV treatment that can decrease the risk of infection by over 90 per cent.
“After all the progress we have made in the global effort to defeat AIDS, it is unacceptable that AIDS is still a leading cause of death of adolescents,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.  “We can and must do a better job both in preventing adolescents from becoming infected and in treating adolescents living with HIV. UNITAID’s generous support for these critical new programmes will help us to do both, moving us closer to an AIDS-free generation”

The second programme brings together CHAI and UNICEF with special focus on easy-to-use diagnostics at a point of care. The four-year, nearly $100 million multi-country programme will accelerate access and integration of point of care HIV technologies into national diagnostic programmes. This will enable people, especially women and children, to be diagnosed quickly and accurately, and subsequently provided with lifesaving treatment and care.

"This partnership will allow patients to have access to transformational life-saving medications and will help medical professionals better diagnose and treat their patients quickly, benefiting infants and children in particular," said Ira Magaziner, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of CHAI.
In 2015, 1.1 million new HIV infections occurred in children, adolescents and women. Meanwhile, prevention efforts among adolescents have had limited impact, and the adolescent population is increasing dramatically in regions with the highest rates of infection. The new UNITAID-CHAI-UNICEF programmes will be implemented in countries with a high burden of new HIV infections particularly among high risk groups of adolescents, women and children.
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UNITAID is finds new ways to prevent, treat and diagnose HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria quickly, affordably and more effectively. It takes game-changing ideas and turns them into practical solutions that can help accelerate the end of the three diseases. Established in 2006 by Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom, UNITAID plays an important part in the global effort to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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About Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
CHAI is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
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For more information contact:
Harriet Dwyer, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 244 2215,
Andrew Hurst, UNITAID Geneva, Tel: +41795616807
Regan Lachapelle, CHAI, Tel: + 857-208-2788, 



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