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Telebriefing on “Children and AIDS: A Stocktaking Report”

New report on global response to the impact of AIDS on children. A year since the launch of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, the world’s response to protect and support HIV-infected and AIDS-affected children remains tragically insufficient, but in positive ways that is beginning to change.

• Glimmers of hope seen in preventing HIV transmission from mothers to children. In several countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, trends in access to antiretroviral regimens for preventing mother-to-child transmission are starting to show remarkable increases. (In Namibia, for example, access rates jumped from 6 to 29 percent from 2004 to 2005)

• Increasing numbers of children living with HIV are now receiving treatment, although the numbers are far too few. The increases are a result of improved testing, better skills among health workers, lower drug prices and simpler formulations.

Peter McDermott, UNICEF’s Chief, HIV/AIDS
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Executive Secretary of the Rwanda HIV/AIDS Commission
Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald, Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative
Kimberly Canady, HIV/AIDS youth activist
Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF representative for Brazil

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11 a.m.  Tuesday, 16 January 2007

For press materials, including a PDF of the report, and to RSVP, please contact:

Karen Dukess, UNICEF Media NY, 1-212 303-7910, kdukess@unicef.org
Elizabeth Losleben, UNICEF Media NY, 1-212 326-7172, elosleben@unicef.org




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