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Media advisory

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. 

Children on the Brink 2004 is the fourth edition in the series.

WHO:   Ms. Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director
  Ms. Anne Peterson, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID
  Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director
  Mr. John Stover, Futures Group International

Special appearance by Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet from the South African co-production of Sesame Street called  Takalane Sesame. In 2003, UNICEF appointed Kami as a global “Champion for Children”

WHEN: Tuesday, 13 July, 03:00 GMT/10:00 Bangkok time
WHERE: XV International AIDS Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
Media Center Conference Site
Press conference room A

French and Spanish language versions of the report will be available in PDF format on 13 July on the UNICEF website (https://www.unicef.org/). 

Press materials will be available in French, Spanish, Thai & Mandarin.

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For further information, an advance copy of the report and press release, please contact:

Liza Barrie, UNICEF, 0011 646 207 5178, lbarrie@unicef.org
Marixie Mercado, UNICEF, 0011 917 640 0184, mmercado@unicef.org
Madeline Eisner, UNICEF, 01 701 4626, meisner@unicef.org
Abigail Spring, UNAIDS, Thai mobile: +66 1 2500874, springa@unaids.org
Dominique de Santis, UNAIDS, Thai mobile:  +66 1 2500882, desantisd@unaids.org
Roslyn Matthews, USAID, 202-712-0093, rmatthews@usaid.gov




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