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Media advisory

UNICEF: Children and AIDS - Second stocktaking report

Telephone media briefing:

Launch of Children and AIDS: Second stocktaking report, a new report on the global response to the impact of HIV and AIDS on children.

Thursday, 3 April 2008 at 10:00 a.m. New York Time, 2 p.m. GMT
 A recording of the briefing will be available online shortly after that.

Doreen Mulenga, Deputy Chief of HIV/AIDS Section, UNICEF
Kevin De Cock, HIV/AIDS Director, World Health Organization
Paul de Lay, Director of Evidence, Monitoring and Policy, UNAIDS
David Alnwick, Regional HIV/AIDS Advisor for the East and South Africa Region,

Two years since the launch of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, important gains have been made in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and the provision of paediatric HIV treatment. Some progress has also been made in the prevention of infection among young people and the protection of children affected by HIV and AIDS.

However, there is still a long way to go before the promise of an AIDS-free generation is fulfilled. PMTCT and paediatric treatment numbers are too low, and progress must be accelerated. Programmes to reach young people most at risk in affected countries must be expanded. Rapid scale-up of programmes that have proven effective is essential to provide care and support to all vulnerable children.

Please contact one of the numbers below for dial-in instructions:

To participate in the call and to obtain a copy of the report and a recording of the briefing, please contact:

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1-212-326-7162, nmekki@unicef.org
Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, +1-212-326-7452, kdonovan@unicef.org
Miranda Eeles, UNICEF Geneva, +41-22-909-5715, meeles@unicef.org




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