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Procurement value (ARVs + HIV/AIDS test kits): $41 million

About two million children are infected with HIV, millions more are affected by AIDS due to parental illness or death and some 15 million children have been orphaned by the pandemic.

In 2005, the United Nations took decisive action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The “Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS” Campaign was launched to support partnerships to advance actions for children, adolescents and young people affected by the pandemic.

Supplies are essential to the protection of children from HIV/AIDS and the treatment of infected children. UNICEF is strongly committed to make test kits and ARVs more widely accessible to children and pregnant women. The role of Supply Division is essential in this endeavour.

The procurement of antiretrovirals and HIV/AIDS test kits has shown remarkable growth from 2004 to 2005, increasing respectively from $18.4 million to $33.5 million and $2.9 to $8 million worth of supplies. In 2005, UNICEF delivered HIV/AIDS-related supplies to 42 countries. The focus of Supply Division in the area of HIV/AIDS related supplies in 2005 was the availability of improved paediatric ARVs and products needed for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).

Supply Division now offers 40 different treatments and has created a stockpile of HIV/AIDS-related products to help countries experiencing shortages.

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INDIA: A woman who is HIV-positive, lies next to her newborn child in V.V. Hospital, in Bangalore. The HIV status of her newborn is not known. Globally, less than 10 per cent of pregnant women are offered services to prevent transmission of HIV to their infants.

View the full version of the HIV/AIDS section of the report [PDF]

HIV/AIDS: treatment and hope for children [Photo essay]