Press releases and news notes
New HIV infections among adolescents projected to rise by nearly 60 per cent by 2030 if progress stalls – UNICEF
NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG, 1 December 2016 – New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 annually by 2030 if progress in reaching adolescents stalls, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.
HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents – UNICEF
DURBAN, South Africa, 18 July 2016 – As the 21st International AIDS Conference gets underway in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death.
Thailand certified for freeing newborns from HIV
BANGKOK, 8 June 2016 – Thailand has been officially certified free of the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mothers to their children.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Swaziland to focus attention on children at risk from regional drought crisis
LONDON/MBABANE, Swaziland 8 JUNE 2016 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Swaziland this week to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is helping UNICEF to support and protect HIV-positive children. During his visit Beckham heard and saw how the worst drought in decades - now taking hold of vast swathes of Eastern and Southern Africa - is threatening to wreak havoc on the lives of children and families already made vulnerable by HIV.
WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Armenia, Belarus and the Republic of Moldova
NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA/ISTANBUL, 7 JUNE 2016 – United Nations agencies congratulate Belarus for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis and Armenia and the Republic of Moldova for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, respectively.
Malawi tests first unmanned aerial vehicle flights for HIV early infant diagnosis
LILONGWE, Malawi 14 March 2016 - The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants. The test, which is using simulated samples, will have the potential to cut waiting times dramatically, and if successful, will be integrated into the health system alongside others mechanisms such as road transport and SMS.
Asia-Pacific region facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, new report finds
BANGKOK, 30 November – The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents. There were an estimated 50,000 new HIV infections among adolescents aged 15-19 in 2014, accounting for 15 per cent of new infections.
Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000 – UNICEF
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, according to new data released today by UNICEF.
Progress made but more to be done to ensure all children are born free of HIV & syphilis in Asia-Pacific: UN
BANGKOK, Thailand, 14 September 2015 - The Asia–Pacific region has made significant progress in efforts to eliminate HIV and syphilis, but thousands of mothers and children have yet to feel the benefits.
Life-saving HIV treatment for adults and children arrives in Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, Ukraine, 17 August 2015 – The first consignment of vital antiretroviral medications for adults and children living with HIV in conflict-affected zones in eastern Ukraine arrived by air in Ukraine today. Further consignments will follow shortly.
New formulation of HIV treatment to save more children’s lives -- UNICEF and UNAIDS
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 June 2015—Children affected by HIV and AIDS will benefit from the decision by the United States Food and Drug Administration to grant approval to a new antiretroviral formulation that can be mixed with food to make it easier for children living with HIV to take the life-saving medicines, UNAIDS and UNICEF said today.
Leaders from around the world are All In to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents
NAIROBI, 17 February 2015—While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic.
UNICEF: 1.1 million HIV infections in children averted
NEW YORK, 28 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.
More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents
NEW YORK, 29 November 2013 – A new report released today by UNICEF shows great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low- and middle-income countries.
WHO issues new HIV recommendations calling for earlier treatment
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2013 – New HIV treatment guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. Recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. The move could avert an additional 3 million deaths and prevent 3.5 million more new HIV infections between now and 2025.
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa
GENEVA, 25 June 2013 – A new report on the Global Plan towards elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive has revealed a marked increase in progress in stopping new infections among children across the Global Plan priority countries in Africa.
UNAIDS and UNICEF welcome news of a baby born with HIV who now as a toddler appears “functionally cured” through treatment
GENEVA, 4 March 2013 – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UNICEF welcomes a new case study, which found that a baby treated with antiretroviral drugs in the first 30 hours of life and who continued on treatment for 18 months appeared to be functionally cured.
On World AIDS Day: More pregnant women and children must get treatment, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 November 2012 – New HIV infections in children are down, but reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation requires treating more...
UNICEF, WHO leadership forum on innovation for elimination of new HIV infections among children
Investments for children must be at top of African HIV and AIDS agenda
Unparalleled global progress in HIV response but sustained investment vital
GENEVA, 30 November 2011 - Global progress in both preventing and treating HIV emphasizes the benefits of sustaining investment in HIV/AIDS over the...
UNICEF commends Rwanda for focusing on adolescents at 7th Annual Paediatric Conference on Children and HIV
KIGALI, Rwanda, 9 November 2011 - At the nation’s seventh annual conference on Children and HIV, UNICEF emphasized the importance of investing in...
Zambia: “Brothers for Life” Begins to Reach Grassroots
KABWE, Zambia, 18 October 2011 – The National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council has distributed more than 30,000 Brothers for Life posters and brochures...
“Brothers for Life” Media Campaign to raise HIV awareness in Zambia
LUSAKA, Zambia - 15 September 2011 – “Brothers for Life,” a mass-media HIV prevention campaign targeting Zambian males, has been launched by the National AIDS Council and UNICEF.
Children must be at the center of the Global AIDS Response to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation, UNICEF declares at the close of High-Level Meeting on AIDS
NEW YORK, June 13, 2011 - In the days leading up to and during the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS (8-10 June), UNICEF engaged global...
World leaders launch plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 9 June 2011 — World leaders gathered in New York for the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS have today launched a...
Fifth Global Partners Forum focuses on care, protection and support for children affected by HIV and AIDS
NEW YORK, 3 June 2011 - Global efforts to improve the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS are increasing but still fall short of the growing needs of millions...
2500 Young people newly infected with HIV every day, according to Opportunity in Crisis
JOHANNESBURG/ NEW YORK, 1 June 2011 - Every day, an estimated 2500 young people are newly infected with HIV, according to a global report on HIV...
Global launch of the Opportunity in Crisis Report “Preventing HIV from early adolescence to early adulthood” with UN partners and the World Bank
Taking Evidence to Impact: Fifth Global Partners Forum on Children affected by HIV and AIDS
UNICEF welcomes Rwanda’s campaign to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child
BUGESERA, Rwanda, 13 May 2011 – UNICEF welcomed the announcement yesterday of a national campaign to eliminate the vertical transmission of HIV from mother to child...
UN agencies and partners agree on framework to eliminate transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies
NAIROBI, 17 March 2011 – Key partners working in the area of HIV and AIDS have agreed on a way forward to boost the elimination of mother-to-child-transmission...
Sehwag and Sangakkara star in global Think Wise campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
DUBAI, 25 January 2011 - They may be rivals on the field of play, but India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have joined together to star...
An AIDS- Free Generation is achievable by focusing on the most disadvantaged communities affected by HIV, says a new U.N. report marking World AIDS Day
NEW YORK, 30 November 2010 - Achieving an AIDS-free generation is possible if the international community steps up efforts to provide universal access to...
Cricket unites for people living with HIV on World Aids Day
DUBAI, 29 November 2010 - International cricket will show its support for people living with HIV and AIDS this week with leading players wearing red ribbons on...
Asia-Pacific governments agree to speed progress towards the elimination of new HIV infections among newborns
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 26 November 2010 – Asia Pacific governments and UN officials have agreed to accelerated efforts towards eliminating the transmission...
UNICEF Executive Director launches innovative approach to the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Kenya
NAIROBI, 29 October 2010 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake joined the Kenya Government and other partners on Friday to roll out an innovative...
Social protection needed to protect and support children affected by HIV and AIDS
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA, 20 October - In an effort to forge greater commitment for child sensitive social protection policies, 40 parliamentarians from...
More developing countries show Universal Access to HIV/AIDS services is possible
GENEVA/NAIROBI/WASHINGTON D.C., 28 September 2010 - Significant progress has been made in several low- and middle-income countries in...
Global launch of the 2010 report "Towards Universal Access" on HIV/AIDS
UNICEF at Vienna International AIDS Conference: Children and Young People in Focus at AIDS 2010 Conference
VIENNA, 23 July 2010 – UNICEF experts in HIV and AIDS, gathered from over 35 countries, said that the just concluded International AIDS Conference...
UNICEF: Young of Central Asia and Eastern Europe suffering Blame and Banishment
VIENNA, 19 July 2010 - An underground HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is intensifying at an alarming pace, fueled by drug use...
UN Children’s agency in Vienna to focus on the children and the social exclusion and stigma of HIV and AIDS
Towards an AIDS free generation: African countries galvanized to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV
NAIROBI, Kenya, 27, May 2010 – Government representatives from 20 African countries highly affected by HIV/AIDS gathered today in Nairobi to discuss...
Towards virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
UNICEF Executive Director visit to Zambia focuses on the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and young people
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, 9 April 2010 - On a two-day trip to Zambia, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman advocated for greater HIV and AIDS...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits the Kingdom of Lesotho
LESOTHO, 8 April 2010 – During a two day trip to Lesotho, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman met with Government officials, visited health...
UNICEF applauds South African Government’s new HIV strategy
PRETORIA, 3 December 2009 - UNICEF welcomes the momentous and historic decision by the Government of South Africa to greatly expand...
UN Report: Data shows progress needed on HIV testing and treatment for children and mothers
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ BARCELONA 30 November 2009 – National efforts to combat AIDS, particularly by preventing mother-to-child...
Launch of the Fourth Stocktaking report On Children and AIDS
More than four million HIV-positive people now receiving life-saving treatment
NEW YORK, 30 SEPTEMBER 2009 - More than 4 million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the close of...
NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and BD commemorate opening of new center to improve HIV/AIDS treatment in the DRC
KINSHASA, DRC, 26 August 2009 – The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center (BMMH), in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and...
Findings on access to anti-HIV drugs discussed at international conference
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 22 July 2009 — An estimated 4 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the end...
HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting concludes in Windhoek, Namibia
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA 14 June 2009 – The 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting concluded after four days of discussions, presentations, and plenary sessions...
Futbol Club Barcelona, Fundació Futbol Club Barcelona Unveil Photo exhibition at UNICEF House
New curriculum to protect young people from HIV and AIDS in Northern Sudan
KHARTOUM, 13 January 2009 – A new curriculum for schools, focusing on the risks from HIV and AIDS, will be launched in the northern states of Sudan ...
Early HIV testing and treatment can save newborn lives, new U.N. report released on World AIDS Day states
NEW YORK, 1 December 2008 – Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today...
UNICEF launches campaign on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
PRETORIA, 2 September 2008 – UNICEF has announced the launch of a new advertising campaign aimed at dispelling stigma on HIV transmission from parent to child.
UNICEF "Champions for Children" gala brings stars together to support children's causes
BEIJING, 12 August 2008 – With the world’s attention focusing on the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, UNICEF China hosted a “Champions for Children”...
UNICEF Executive Director in Mexico for International AIDS Conference
MEXICO CITY, 3 August 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is in Mexico City on the last leg of a twelve day, three-country mission. She is leading ...
UNICEF and partners organize national peer education workshop on HIV and AIDS in Yemen
SANA’A, 13 April 2008 - Over 120 young people from Aden, Hadhramout, Mahweet, Hodeida, Taiz and Sana’a met here today in a three-day workshop...
More HIV-positive children and pregnant women getting AIDS treatment, new report says
NEW YORK, 3 April 2008 – More HIV-positive children and pregnant women are receiving treatment but there is still a long way to go before the...
HIV/AIDS implementers’ meeting to highlight progress and lessons learned
WASHINGTON, DC, 10 March 2008 – HIV/AIDS implementers from around the world will gather in Kampala, Uganda, from June 3-7 for the 2008 HIV/AIDS...
UNICEF, UNITAID team up to prevent HIV infection in newborns
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 November 2007 – UNICEF and UNITAID today launched a joint initiative to help scale up national programmes to prevent...
Federer in public service announcement for an ‘AIDS-free generation’
NEW YORK, 26 November 2007 – Roger Federer, the ATP’s world number one tennis player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will star in a World AIDS...
Zimbabwe’s HIV infection rate continues to fall
HARARE, 31October 2007 – New data shows that Zimbabwe’s HIV rate continues to drop, giving it one of the most significant and rapid declines of any country in the world.
Half a million children to benefit from teachers’ Lifeskills training project
HARARE, 27 August 2007 - Almost 500,000 students will benefit as 1500 primary and secondary school teachers this week begin a HIV and AIDS Lifeskills in-service training...
UNICEF welcomes new medication for children living with HIV
NEW YORK, 16 August 2007 – UNICEF today welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the first single-dose combination antiretrovirals (ARV) for...
Young voices crucial to fighting AIDS, says MTV Networks International and UNICEF
LONDON/NEW YORK, 25 July 2007 – Today UNICEF and MTV Networks International’s Staying Alive launched a series of online video blogs, called vlogs, as the first phase of Vlogit, a global video project encouraging young people to share through new media how they experience and perceive HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF calls for more awareness-raising to prevent spread of HIV in Iran
TEHRAN, 27 June 2007 – Everything possible must be done to prevent HIV and AIDS becoming a general epidemic in Iran, said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director...
2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting opens in Kigali, Rwanda
The 2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting opens today in Kigali, and is expected to draw over 1,500 delegates from around the world.
Education offers ‘window of hope’ for AIDS-affected children
NEW YORK, 18 June 2007 – Sub-Saharan Africa, which continues to be ravaged by HIV and AIDS, has been making education a priority in the response to the epidemic.
UN agencies call for concerted effort to rapidly scale up access to HIV testing and counselling services in Asia and the Pacific
PHNOM PENH/CAMBODIA, 4 June 2007– Fewer than 10 per cent of people infected with HIV in HIV in Asia and the Pacific are aware of their status. This is a...
Access to HIV therapy grew significantly in 2006, but significant obstacles remain to approaching universal access to HIV services
London, 17 April, 2007 – Access to antiretroviral therapy for advanced HIV infection in low- and middle-income countries continued to grow throughout 2006...
Child nutrition survey shows improvements in DPRK, but UN agencies concerned about holding onto gains
PYONGYANG / GENEVA, 16 February 2003 - Malnutrition rates among children in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have improved considerably over the past four years, according to a new survey, but the UN agencies that announced the findings today said the gains could be lost if international support for humanitarian assistance to the country continues to slacken. (Press Release)
Africa's Orphan Crisis: Worst Is Yet to Come
JOHANNESBURG/GENEVA, 26 November 2003 – The staggering number of African children already orphaned due to AIDS is only the beginning of a crisis of gargantuan proportions, and “the worst is yet to come,” warned a UNICEF report issued today.
ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 to shine spotlight on children and young people affected by HIV
DUBAI/NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KINGSTON/BRIDGETOWN, 6 March, 2007 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) will team up with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to highlight the situation of children...
Massive injection for Zimbabwe’s orphans and vulnerable children
HARARE, 15 February 2007 – An historic national partnership was sealed today when 21 non-governmental organizations signed agreements with the...
Limited knowledge of HIV risk and prevention among high risk groups increases AIDS menace in Armenia
YEREVAN, 30 January 2007 -- Adolescents and young people aged 10-24 from vulnerable and higher risk groups in Armenia have insufficient levels of...
Signs of progress and momentum in global response to children and AIDS
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 January 2007 – A year ago, UNICEF and its partners launched Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS to highlight the missing face of the child in the AIDS pandemic.
Telebriefing on “Children and AIDS: A Stocktaking Report”
11 January 2007 - Media Advisory
Angolan Youth Music Festival on HIV/AIDS: a new drive towards prevention
LUANDA, 1 December 2006 – About 4,500 adolescent students and young people will gather on the third of December in Luanda during the Youth Music Festival on HIV/AIDS.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo returns from northern Uganda
27 November 2006 - Media Advisory
UNICEF launches online Swahili game for HIV prevention
NAIROBI, 30 October 2006 – UNICEF launched its first interactive feature in Swahili today, an online game that empowers young people to make good life choices about and prevent HIV.
Pediatric treatment against AIDS launched in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, 25 October 2006 - One year after the Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS Campaign, Guinea-Bissau, today launched a pediatric treatment effort against AIDS to ensure that the needs of infected and affected children are met.
HIV-infected children in South Kazakhstan to be the focus of comprehensive package
ASTANA, 16 October 2006 - As a government investigation into health services in southern Kazakhstan continues, widespread concern at the sudden spread of HIV infection in children is being countered by swift action including access to treatment for the children and counselling for the affected families.
WIPA dedicates involvement in CWC 2007 to promoting awareness of HIV and AIDS
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 20 September, 2006 – “The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will dedicate it’s involvement in World Cup Cricket 2007 to the issue of HIV/AIDS.
Putting young people to the fore of the AIDS response
BEIJING, 10 September, 2006 - China’s Vice-Minister of Health Huang Jiefu officially launched the Campaign on Children and AIDS on behalf of the State Council AIDS Working Committee Office (SCAWCO). Vice-Minister Huang pledged the Government’s enhanced commitment to putting a broad alliance of children and young people to the fore of the national AIDS response.
Number-one tennis star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer in public service announcement on children and AIDS
Media Advisory - Tennis star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer in public service announcement on children and AIDS.
European Union quenches water and sanitation problems for Zimbabwe’s rural poor
HARARE, 23 August 2006 – The European Union has donated 3.7mEuro (approx US$4.7million) to a UNICEF project that will reach 500,000 Zimbabweans with improved sanitation, hygiene and water facilities. The project focuses on those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
WHO and UNICEF tackle problem of missing essential medicines for children
GENEVA, 10 August 2006 — The first international Expert Consultation on Paediatric Essential Medicines, jointly held by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, today delivered a plan to revise existing essential medicine formulations to include the right dose and presentation for children.
UNICEF and partners to launch Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations in Toronto
To launch 14:00 EDT, 14 August - Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations: Children Affected by AIDS shows how the AIDS epidemic continues to affect children disproportionately and in many harmful ways, making them more vulnerable than other children, leaving many of them orphaned and threatening their survival. Released by UNICEF, UNAIDS, and PEPFAR (The US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief), the report contains new and better research on orphans and vulnerable children, including what governments, NGOs, the private sector and the international community can do to better response.
MTV Latin America premieres “Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una confesión a diario," produced in collaboration with UNICEF
MIAMI, 2 August 2006—MTV Latin America in collaboration with UNICEF announced today the premier of their one-hour special, “Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una Confesión a Diario”, a documentary that explores the HIV/AIDS crisis through the candid eyes of the Latin American youth. The special will air on MTV Latin America on Wednesday, 9 August at 10pm, after being short-screened at this year’s “Global Media AIDS Initiative” conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 8 August, where it will be made available free of charge to all participating broadcasters from around the world.
Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF take the field for children and against AIDS
KATHMANDU/ KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2006 - The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and UNICEF have renewed their international partnership for children. The new agreement continues to promote Girls Education in South Asia and the right of all children to enjoy healthy recreation, but will also now support the Global Campaign on HIV/AIDS ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’.
Australian Government gives UNICEF $9.1 million to scale up support for children affected by AIDS in three African countries
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 23 June 2006 - The Government of Australia has committed US$9.1 million to UNICEF to help the governments of Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania increase the number of children affected by AIDS who are reached by basic services.
Childhood and AIDS: Rolling Back AIDS in Developing Countries
AIDS is shattering the lives of children worldwide. Today around 2.3 million children are living with HIV, and 540,000 children were infected in 2005 alone. The time has come for innovative solutions to combat the epidemic. The Childhood and AIDS: Rolling Back AIDS in Developing Countries conference in Paris, 15-16 June, will bring the private and public sectors together to stimulate thought and generate action to turn the tide.
Angolan youth combat HIV/AIDS in their meeting places
LUANDA, 8 June 2006 – About 1,000 children and adolescents from 13 to 18 years old were enthusiastically crying “Enjoy Life with Safety” during a rally to launch a National AIDS Awareness Campaign for Youth on 7 June at the Independence Square in Luanda.
Cameroon launches community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS
YAOUNDE, 2 June 2006 – Cameroonian Professor Dominique Obounou Akong, the Representative of the Minister of Public Health, presided over the launch of a community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS at the Chantal Biya’s Foundation’s headquarters in Yaounde. Among the two hundred people attending the ceremony were representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, community volunteers and officials from the Ministry of Public Health as well as Chantal Biya’s Foundation.
“NBA Cares” announces support of Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS Campaign
NEW YORK, May 31 May 2006 – The NBA and UNICEF today joined forces in support of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the virus.
International community must do more to treat HIV-positive children
NEW YORK/LONDON, 26 May 2006 – Only one child in twenty who needs HIV treatment receives it, according to a report launched today by seven of the world’s leading child advocacy organizations. The Global Movement for Children (GMC) issued an urgent appeal for the international community to recognize that children with HIV and AIDS have a right to treatment that must be addressed to save their lives and beat the epidemic.
NBA and UNICEF to launch campaign for Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS
31 May 2006 - Press Conference to announce the NBA and UNICEF support for Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the disease.
Parliamentarians Should Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 10 May 2006 – Parliamentarians are uniquely placed to make a profound difference for children affected by HIV/AIDS by breaking the silence about the disease’s impact on children and embracing legislation to defend their rights to healthcare, protection and support according to UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
UNICEF and WFP Executive Directors Make First Joint Visit to Latin America/Caribbean region
PANAMA CITY, 8 May 2006 – On their first joint visit to the region, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman will meet in Panama City tomorrow with the heads of their Latin America and Caribbean country offices to intensify common efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community.
Statement by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Kul Gautam, on Child-friendly Strategies to Combat HIV/AIDS and Malaria
ABUJA, 4 May 2006 – My colleagues Dr. Feacham and Dr. Piot have just outlined eloquently what we all need to do to overcome the challenges of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. I have little to add to their wise counsel borne out of their vast experience and expertise.
Angélique Kidjo calls for rapid scaling up of HIV treatment in Zimbabwe
HARARE 28 April 2006 – While on a recent trip to Africa to tour the drought-affected Horn of Africa, UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo visited Zimbabwe and met with children infected with HIV.
Four Small Governments Take Big Step for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, 28 March 2006 -- UNICEF thanked the governments of San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Monaco today for joining together to support the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign.
UNICEF, Baylor College Agreement to Improve Access to Pediatric AIDS Treatment in Africa
The UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa and the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) signed an agreement today to work together to improve access to antiretrovirals and other treatments for children living with HIV/AIDS in the region.
Zimbabwe: In fight against HIV, youth hold the key
HARARE, 16 February– As the UN Children’s Fund launched another youth project in Zimbabwe, it again stressed that young people are the solution to further reducing the HIV rate in the country.
Joint mission praises Rwanda’s AIDS response, urges continued leadership, coordination
KIGALI, RWANDA, 14 February 2006 – Leaders from Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, UNICEF and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS today heralded the progress Rwanda is making in their AIDS response and pressed for continued leadership and improved coordination to ensure further success.
Major Increase in Services Needed for Pregnant HIV-Positive Women to Stop Virus Being Passed to Children
ABUJA, Nigeria, 30 Nov 2005 – The number of children who become HIV positive every year could be more than halved if pregnant women living with HIV received comprehensive services including anti-retroviral drugs, UNICEF said today. But less than 10 per cent of women who need these services are getting them.
Girls, boys, and young people: The missing face of AIDS
SAN SALVADOR, 11 November 2005 – UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners kicked off today a campaign to focus attention on the devastating impact of AIDS on children and young people, warning that current efforts underway in Latin America and the Caribbean will not be sufficient to halt the pandemic.
Global AIDS crisis gets first-ever global awareness campaign
Johannesburg, London, New York, October 27, 2005 – Clear Channel Outdoor and UNICEF today launched the first-ever global outdoor advertising campaign to raise awareness of the enormous impact of HIV/AIDS on children. At simultaneous events in Johannesburg, London and New York celebrities joined representatives of the two organizations to unveil a powerful image depicting a young child standing by her parents’ graves. The campaign will be seen on billboards and other outdoor displays in 50 countries around the world.
Children: The missing face of AIDS
NEW YORK, 25 October 2005 – UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners today launched a global campaign focusing on the enormous impact of HIV/AIDS on children, saying it was a disgrace that fewer than 5 per cent of HIV-positive children receive treatment and that millions of children who have lost parents to the disease go without support.
Despite high knowledge levels about HIV/AIDS, Liberian youth still at risk
Monrovia, LIBERIA, 25 October 2005 - In a new finding, a UNICEF Liberia-commissioned study says many young Liberians have a high-level of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its transmission but continue to engage in risky behaviour. The study also reveals that many young people harbor high levels of misconception and stigma towards people living with the virus.
Zimbabwe’s HIV infection rate falls, but much still to be done
HARARE, 11 October, 2005 – Zimbabwe’s HIV rate has fallen, making it the first country in Southern Africa – the epicenter of the global epidemic – to show a decline.
HIV/AIDS campaign in Angolan schools
LUANDA, 05 September 2005 – In its daily column “Falou & Disse” (Spoke and Said), the 13th August 2005 edition of Jornal de Angola National newspaper featured responses of two students among eight interviewed about the importance of sex education.
In wake of Zimbabwe demolitions, UNICEF calls for global support to alleviate crisis facing children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 JULY 2005 – In the wake of a report by the United Nations Special Envoy regarding home demolitions and evictions in Zimbabwe, UNICEF today repeated calls for an immediate end to the operation and for full humanitarian access to more than 585,000 people who have been made homeless.
Seminar on Children affected by HIV/AIDS held in Beijing
20 JULY, 2005 - A one-day Seminar on “Care and Love for Children affected by HIV/AIDS” opened this morning at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
2005 Gold Cup dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean children
PANAMA CITY/MIAMI, 6 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF announced today that the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be dedicated to UNICEF and the children of Latin America and the Caribbean with a special message to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and violence.
New HIV/AIDS data reveals gravity of situation for children in Asia and the Pacific
3 July 2005, KOBE, Japan - More than 1.5 million children in Asia and the Pacific are now orphaned by AIDS, according to new regional data, making protection, care and support efforts for children more urgent than ever.
Millions of orphans in Nigeria need care and access to basic services
Abuja, 15 June 2005. “African Orphans: our collective responsibility”: the theme for this year’s commemoration of the Day of the African Child on June 16 is drawing attention to the tragic situation of millions of orphans throughout the continent. According to a recent study published by UNICEF in 2004, “Children on the Brink”, there were 43 million orphans in Sub-Saharan African in 2003, an increase of more than one-third since 1990.
UNICEF says HIV/AIDS education in Myanmar can save thousands of lives
YANGON, 10 June 2005 – Following her recent visit to Myanmar, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, Anupama Rao Singh, said that actively educating Myanmar’s children about HIV/AIDS will save thousands of lives.
Belgian Princess Mathilde appointed UNICEF and UNAIDS Special Representative for Children and AIDS
ANTWERP, 27 May 2005 - Today on the occasion of the granting of an honorary doctorate to UNICEF at the University of Antwerp, HRH Princess Mathilde announced her acceptance to become a UNICEF and UNAIDS Special Representative for children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
UN leaders call for more action as Southern Africa enters a critical phase
JOHANNESBURG, 25 May 2005 – Three United Nations leaders today called for the world to refocus its attention on the chronic problems and humanitarian needs of millions of people in southern Africa, especially children.
New UNICEF Executive Director begins three-country visit in Southern Africa
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 20 May 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman makes her first field visit as head of the agency next week, touring three southern African countries where the lives of children are increasingly under threat from an AIDS-driven crisis and where the number of children affected by AIDS is the highest in the world.
Jackie Chan, UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador says stop discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS
HANOI, 25th April – At the conclusion of his first mission to Viet Nam, UNICEF/ UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan called for an end to discrimination and stigma towards children and families infected or affected with HIV/AIDS.
Jackie Chan, UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador on 6-day mission to Cambodia and Viet Nam to highlight AIDS and landmines
HANOI/PHNOM PENH, 18 April 2005 - Action film superstar Jackie Chan will return to Cambodia and make his first official visit to Viet Nam in his capacity as a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF hails Clinton Foundation plan for children with AIDS
NEW YORK, 11 April 2004 – UNICEF today praised a Clinton Foundation plan that will significantly increase the number of children receiving life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs specifically formulated for them.
UN condemns irresponsible attack on antiretroviral therapy
GENEVA, 30 March 2005 - A recent advertising campaign is touting the benefits of vitamin therapy above antiretroviral therapy and claiming that antiretroviral therapy is toxic. These advertisements are wrong and misleading, said the WHO, UNICEF and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today.
Zimbabwe’s forgotten children
HARARE / JONANNESBURG, 17 March 2005 – As the world focuses on the upcoming Zimbabwean elections, UNICEF today released startling new statistics which call for politicians and donors to defend children as rigorously as they defend democracy.
Bellamy - “when China achieves, the world achieves”
BEIJING, 24 February, 2005 - Carol Bellamy addressed government leaders, UN agency heads, programme partners, children and the media this morning at a Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and UNICEF cosponsored forum in Beijing on “A Decade of Achievement for Children”.
Buddhist art promotes compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS
VIENTIANE, 20 December 2004 –Over this year’s festive season in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Buddhist monks will be encouraging the Lao people to show love, sympathetic joy, compassion and equanimity to all, including those living with HIV.
UK government gives over $85 million to UNICEF for children affected by HIV/AIDS
WASHINGTON DC, 16 December 2004 - Press conference announcing groundbreaking donation of £44 million UK sterling to support orphans and children affected by AIDS
The State of the World's Children: Childhood under threat
LONDON, 9 DECEMBER 2004 – Despite the near universal embrace of standards for protecting childhood, a new UNICEF report shows that more than half the world’s children are suffering extreme deprivations from poverty, war and HIV/AIDS, conditions that are effectively denying children a childhood and holding back the development of nations.
UN agencies urge focus on women and HIV in Latin America
PANAMA CITY, 30 November 2004 – Women represent the fastest growing segment of the population living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, and new efforts are urgently needed to halt the spread of the epidemic in the female population, representatives of ten United Nations agencies said today.
World’s children unite to take action on HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, 18 November 2004 - Millions of children around the world will participate in a Lesson for Life on World AIDS Day (1 December) as part of a massive effort to educate children about HIV/AIDS prevention and spur them, their communities and governments to accelerate action on behalf of children and young people affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore raising funds for children orphaned by AIDS in China
BEIJING, 6 August 2004 - Sir Roger and Lady Kristina Moore touched down safely in Beijing on Wednesday 4th August, and have already begun their mission to raise awareness and funds for children orphaned by AIDS in China.
Children on the Brink 2004 - Global orphan numbers would be falling without AIDS
BANGKOK, THAILAND, 13 July 2004 - By 2010, sub-Saharan Africa will be home to an estimated 50 million orphaned children, and more than a third will have lost one or both parents to AIDS, according to a biennial report on global orphaning released today by USAID, UNAIDS and UNICEF.
Former Prime Minister of Thailand leads the fight against HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, BANGKOK, 15 September 2003 - At a ceremony today at UNICEF'S New York Headquarters, former Prime Minister of Thailand, Anand Panyarachun, received an award honouring his years of service to the children of Thailand. UNICEF presented the award to Panyarachun at its Executive Board meeting.
UNICEF calls on G8 leaders to meet challenge of HIV/AIDS, and to focus prevention efforts among the young
Geneva / New York, 30 May 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy challenged leaders from the world’s richest nations meeting at the G8 summit next week to summon the collective leadership, resources and political will needed for a “tide-turning approach” to the global AIDS crisis. She said they would otherwise be held accountable for allowing millions more people – increasingly children and young people – to needlessly suffer and die under their watch. (News Note)
Immediate action needed to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS in South Asia
Tuesday, 4 February 2003 - Speaking at a meeting of South Asian governments today, two United Nations leaders declared that AIDS was stalking South Asians and warned that the region has only a narrow window of opportunity for turning back the disease. (Joint press release)
"Precious time has been lost" as HIV/AIDS soars in Eastern Europe
NEW YORK, 18 September 2002 - HIV/AIDS is spreading at a faster rate in parts of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) than anywhere else in the world, says UNICEF in a new report, The Social Monitor. The report, tracking the well-being of children and young people in the region, warns that HIV/AIDS is the greatest threat to their health as it moves - virtually unchecked - into the mainstream population in a number of countries.
UNICEF hails Canada's move to expand access to AIDS drugs
NEW YORK, 29 September 2003 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy praised Canada’s push to quickly enact legislation allowing Canadian generic medicine companies to export cheaper versions of patented medicines to poor countries hard hit by the AIDS pandemic.
HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia; Young people are the solution
DUBLIN, 22 February 2004 -- “HIV/AIDS has a young face and it is essential, therefore, for young people to be at the heart of a new and effective pan-European prevention effort,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on the eve of the Irish EU Presidency Conference on HIV/AIDS: Breaking Barriers, Partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia.
UNICEF and H&M in partnership for girls' education and HIV/AIDS awareness
UNICEF today announced a new partnership and thanked the global fashion company H&M for its donation of $1.5 million toward UNICEF girls’ education programmes worldwide and HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in Cambodia. The donation will be given over a three-year period.
World missing opportunity to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission through exclusive breastfeeding
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 November 2004 – The world has a major opportunity to reduce the toll of HIV/AIDS on infants by taking action now to scale up support for exclusive breastfeeding, UNICEF said today.
Forum aims to mobilise young activists in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa
Dakar, 22 March 2004 – HIV/AIDS is affecting Africa’s young people and children hardest, yet they will determine the future course of the epidemic, UNICEF Regional Director Rima Salah said at the opening on Monday of a pan-African youth forum focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
Jackie Chan signs on for UNICEF and UNAIDS
Bangkok/Geneva, April 26 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN agency charged with coordinating United Nations efforts to combat the HIV/AID pandemic, jointly appointed today action star Jackie Chan as a Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF: Global response to children and AIDS grossly inadequate
WINDHOEK / NAIROBI / GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 26 November, 2002 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the global response to the crisis of children orphaned by AIDS is grossly inadequate. Without a greater sense of urgency and collective action, millions more children will put themselves at enormous risk in their struggle to stay alive.
UNICEF welcomes WHO's AIDS plan for developing world
Geneva / New York, 9 December 2003 – Welcoming WHO’s initiative to treat 3 million people living with AIDS with life-prolonging medicines by 2005, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today that the children’s agency is uniquely well-positioned to help accelerate the effort.
Somalia could halt spread of AIDS, says UNICEF representative
NAIROBI, Wednesday, 24 September 2003 - Somali communities, local authorities and international partners have an opportunity to ensure that HIV/AIDS does not spiral out of control in their country, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch said today at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA).
UNICEF names top five concerns for children in 2004
NEW YORK, 31 December 2003 – Marking the New Year by calling attention to the immediate needs of children in developing countries, UNICEF today named the top five concerns for children in 2004: child survival, the effects of HIV/AIDS, children caught in war, exploitation, and insufficient investment.
UN taskforce meets to address infant infection with HIV/AIDS
BANGKOK, May 10 – UNICEF will convene tomorrow the UN Regional Taskforce Meeting on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. More than 700,000 children under 15 are infected worldwide with HIV/AIDS every year, almost all through vertical transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery or breast feeding. As the epidemic spreads in Asia and the Pacific, the number of children infected is rising. Years of hard-won progress in child survival are set to be reversed.
UNICEF appoints Sesame Street muppet Kami as global "Champion for Children"
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 24 November 2003 - UNICEF today formally appointed Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet who appears regularly on Sesame Workshop’s South African co-production of Sesame Street called Takalani Sesame, as a global "Champion for Children."
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to visit Kenya and Senegal
MEDIA ADVISORY, 12 February 2004 - In Kenya, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte will assess progress in education one year after the Kenya government eliminated primary school fees. He will visit a Nairobi primary school and meet with government and business leaders to discuss the achievements since school fees were abolished and highlight the challenges that remain, particularly the schooling and care of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the need to get more girls enrolled in school. On Friday, February 20, Harry will travel to Senegal for a one-week visit during which he will attend a regional conference on birth registration and stress the importance of this issue for protecting the rights of children.
Single-dose Nevirapine should be available to HIV-positive mothers
UNAIDS, UNICEF and EGPAF today expressed concern about the South African Medicine Control Council’s decision to discontinue use of single-dose nevirapine for prevention of mother to child transmission.
UN agencies urge governments to scale up action to ensure appropriate infant feeding practices
NAIROBI, 25 September 25 2003 – With the achievement of broad consensus on the appropriate ways to feed infants and young children in the context of HIV/AIDS, four UN agencies today urged governments to immediately scale up action in five priority areas to save lives and ensure the growth, health, development and well-being of all children.
UNICEF lauds White House leadership on AIDS bill
Tuesday, 29 April 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy commended the White House for its leadership in endorsing a $15 billion emergency bill to tackle AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean today. The bill promotes an “ABC” prevention package (Abstinence, Be Faithful, Consistently use Condoms) that sidelines efforts by some to keep condoms out of the final legislation. (Press release)
Indian icon Shabana Azmi tells South Asian leaders to ‘get real’ about HIV/AIDS
Bangkok, 15 July 2004 - Indian film star and social activist Shabana Azmi told participants at the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok that South Asian leaders must do much more to help protect their young people from the threat of HIV/AIDS.
Launch of new report on children and HIV/AIDS
Children on the Brink 2004 provides the latest and most comprehensive statistics available on historical, current and projected numbers of orphaned children under age 18, focusing on children whose parents die of AIDS. The report stresses the importance of very distinct developmental needs that must be met as vulnerable children progress through early and middle childhood to adolescence.
Jackie Chan wraps up mission to Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, April 28 – Newly appointed UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan Wednesday wrapped up a busy three-day mission to Cambodia during which he played with HIV-positive children, blew up landmines, met Prime Minister Hun Sen and pledged to do “whatever I can do” to promote the cause of children.
Buddhist monks and nuns fight against HIV/AIDS
BANGKOK, 22 August 2003 – Across the Mekong sub-region Buddhist monks and nuns are responding to the threat of HIV/AIDS with the support of their governments and a little help from the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. A seminar in Bangkok starting Monday brings together monks and government officials from five Mekong countries to review the Buddhist response to HIV/AIDS. It is taking place at the Maxx Hotel, Rama 9 Road, 25-29 August.
UNICEF, UNAIDS applaud milestone in coordinated global response to children orphaned due to AIDS
GENEVA, 21 October 2003 – A consensus agreement on how to significantly scale up the global response to the millions of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS marks critical progress, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and UNAIDS Chief Peter Piot said today.
New agreements aim to make lowest-cost AIDS drugs and diagnostics available to hundreds of thousands in developing world
GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 6 April 2004 - The Global Fund, the World Bank, UNICEF and the Clinton Foundation today announced agreements that will make it possible for developing countries to purchase high-quality AIDS medicines and diagnostics at the lowest available prices, in many cases for more than fifty percent less than is currently available.
Hundreds of children convene for Caribbean Summit on HIV/AIDS
BARBADOS, 21 March 2004 – Hundreds of children, ages 10-16, converged for a regional children’s summit on HIV/AIDS for the signing of two cornerstone declarations, the Caribbean Youth Declaration on HIV/AIDS and Commitment of Governments. Delegates included children who are HIV positive, or who are otherwise affected by the impact of the virus. The two day summit was hosted by the Government of Barbados, under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Transformation in collaboration with UNICEF’s Caribbean Area Office. The summit was the first of its kind to be held in the Caribbean.
Experts gather on Capitol Hill to discuss how faith-based groups can better support children and young people affected by AIDS
WASHINGTON, D.C., 23 June 2004 -- The role of faith-based organisations in providing care and support to children and young people affected by AIDS was the focus of a briefing on Capitol Hill today for congressional representatives and heads of major faith-based organisations.
Thanks to FIFA, football is more than just a game
PARIS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 May 2004 - On the 100th anniversary of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, UNICEF congratulated the organization for harnessing the power of soccer to improve the lives of the world’s neediest children.
School children in Côte d'Ivoire draw a future without HIV/AIDS
ABIJIAN, 9 April 2003 - Armed with colours, creativity and hope, schoolchildren in a Afbijian neighborhood drew a future without HIV/AIDS. The contest was sponsored by the government ministries and UNICEF and designed to encourage young people to come to terms with the deadly threat of the disease. (News Note)
Alyssa Milano passes her first test for UNICEF
LUANDA, 10 May, 2004 – UNICEF National Ambassador Alyssa Milano today called on the developed world to get behind UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS work in Angola. On the first day of her week-long visit to Angola, 31-year-old Milano met with young, HIV positive women, explored a Voluntary, Testing and Counseling (VCT) clinic in Luanda, and visited a Luandan hospital. At the VCT clinic Milano had a HIV test, but said it was an opportunity available to far too few Angolans.
Humanitarian crisis in Lesotho continues for third year
MASERU, 4 March 2004 – Hundreds of thousands of people in Lesotho will require international assistance for a third consecutive year due to the combined impact of another devastating drought and the worsening HIV/AIDS epidemic, warned James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.
Uganda to host 2004 East Africa Workshop on orphans
MEDIA ADVISORY, 14 April 2004- Representatives of 9 East African countries will convene for a workshop on scaling up and strengthening national responses to the region’s Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) crisis. The workshop has been organized by the Government of Uganda, with the support of UNICEF, USAID and Family Health International. The five-day workshop will provide technical guidance to the participants and build their skills on ways to accelerate national responses to the crisis. It will build upon three previous workshops held in Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.
George Weah, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visits Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 12 April 2004 – Former International soccer star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, George Manneh Weah, will be visiting Sierra Leone under the auspices of Kallboxx Production to participate in a number of social and commercial events. UNICEF Sierra Leone and Ambassador George Weah will seize the opportunity to organise a series of social mobilisation activities that will enhance the dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS to adolescents and youths and to give an added thrust to Sierra Leone’s HIV and AIDS prevention programme. Ambassador Weah will be accompanied by equally renowned former international Dutch soccer star, Ruud Gullit and a team of Dutch journalists.
First Day Hospital for children living with HIV/AIDS opened in Maputo
MAPUTO, 24 May 2004 – UNICEF is confident that the opening of the first Paediatric Day Hospital in Mozambique will boost treatment opportunities for children living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
ECHO donates 1.6 million euros to UNICEF for Zimbabwe's children
HARARE, ZIMBABWE, 20 September 2004 - The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) in Zimbabwe has contributed EURO 1,600 000 to UNICEF for providing targeted assistance to the country’s most vulnerable women and children.
HIV/AIDS menaces progress in Ukraine
KIEV/NEW YORK/GENEVA. 11 May 2004 – Ukraine is on the threshold of a full-scale HIV/AIDS epidemic, with an estimated quarter of a million people living with HIV/AIDS, UNICEF said today, as its Executive Director Carol Bellamy arrived in the country on an official visit. In addition a large proportion of its population faces a range of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).
Young people facing huge health risks from drug-taking and AIDS
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND, 8 April 2003 - Children and young people in Asia are facing unprecedented health risks from HIV/AIDS and other diseases due to the rapid spread of amphetamine-type drug abuse, UNICEF warned today. (News Note)
Leaders talk about HIV/AIDS and children
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 24 September 2004 - More than 150 senior African and European Parliamentarians convened to discuss how parliamentarians can address the impact of the AIDS pandemic on children.
Joint report details escalating global orphans crisis due to AIDS
BARCELONA, SPAIN, 10 July 2002 - A major international report released today finds that an already grim global orphan crisis is set to get much worse as more and more adults with children die from AIDS, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The report, Children on the Brink, calls for action at all levels to assist children, families and communities who are affected by the unprecedented emergency.
UNICEF calls for changes in how drug treatment programmes work
CHIANG MAI, 10 April 2003 – UNICEF is calling for changes in the way drug treatment programmes care for young people with drug addiction problems. (News Note)
Children must have access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care
NEW YORK, 3 September 2004 - The growing number of children living with HIV/AIDS must be a central concern of accelerated efforts to provide scaled-up treatment and care for those living with the disease, health and development experts said today.
Stakeholders meet to develop Ethiopian strategy on OVCs
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 5 August 2004 – Key stakeholders representing all eleven regions in Ethiopia have come together to assess the scale and scope of programmes for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in Ethiopia, identify key gaps and constraints and develop strategies on scaling up interventions.
UNICEF Chief urges UN General Assembly to focus on young people in deliberations on HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, 22 September 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said that when the UN General Assembly meets today to review the international community’s performance in crafting and financing the global response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, one thing should focus people’s minds: “We are not reaching the two billion children and young people who will determine the future course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.”
HIV-positive Muppet appointed as "Champion for Children"
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 24 November 2003 - UNICEF today formally appointed Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet who appears regularly on the South African co-production of Sesame Street called Takalani Sesame, as a global “Champion for Children.”
Young people meet at an ICASA Youth Forum on HIV/AIDS
The young people will meet at a Youth Forum to share their experiences, ideas and strategies for responding to HIV/AIDS, and to reinforce their crucial role to overcoming the spiral of HIV/AIDS. The Forum will open on Saturday, 20 September at 15:00hrs at the Grand Regency Hotel. Key speakers will include Stephen Lewis, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa and a senior representative of the Kenyan Government.
HIV/AIDS campaign failing women and girls
LONDON, 2 February 2004 – Existing HIV prevention and protection efforts are failing to stem infections among women and girls because they do not take into account such issues as gender relations and sexual behaviour, according to the United Nations AIDS programme.
Mongolian Buddhists join fight to prevent HIV/AIDS
ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA, 12 April 2004 – Buddhists monks from the Dashichoiling Monastery, one of the some 150 Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, are joining the global fight to prevent HIV/AIDS in the country. Mongolia is a country with only four reported HIV positive cases but it is in a highly vulnerable zone sandwiched between China and Russia, where HIV/AIDS prevalence is alarmingly high.
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UN study says youth are uninformed about HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 2 July 2002 - In an alarming new finding, a United Nations report released today says the vast majority of the world's young people have no idea how HIV/AIDS is transmitted or how to protect themselves from the disease. Yet the study also shows that adolescence is the time when the majority of people become sexually active.
Schoolchildren join AIDS campaign in occupied Côte d'Ivoire zone
Abidjan, April 2, 2003 - Nearly two thousand school children turned out in their Sunday best for sing-songs, poetry, stand-up plays and comic relief to launch a major HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in the occupied zone of northern Cote d'Ivoire at the weekend. The 1,850 school children who took part in the opening ceremony at the Chateau d'Ahougnanssou School, Bouake, are the spearhead of the Unicef-assisted campaign that will reach 50,000 learners in the district with life-saving and peer-support messages. (News Note)
South Asian religious leaders establish multi-faith Council to address HIV/AIDS
Faith-based leaders of South Asia, launched a bold initiative to provide leadership and mobilise communities in response to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis, especially among young people.