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Every five minutes, a kid dies globally from an AIDS-related illness – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organization(WHO) has disclosed that every five minutes a child dies globally from and AIDS-related illness, adding that 160,000 infants were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) by 2021.

According to a press release obtained by our correspondent, ministers and delegates from twelve African countries have committed to and put out measures to abolish AIDS in children by 2030.

“Currently, around the world, a kid dies from AIDS-related causes every five minutes.

“Only half (52%) of children living with HIV are receiving life-saving therapy, lagging well behind adults, who receive antiretrovirals in three-quarters (76%).

“In 2021, 160,000 youngsters will have newly acquired HIV.

In spite of making up only 4% of the overall number of HIV-positive individuals, children accounted for 15% of all AIDS-related deaths, according to the statement.

Twelve nations with high HIV prevalence rates, including Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, have joined the alliance to ensure that the 2030 target is met.

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Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO, stated that the organization is dedicated to providing HIV therapy for all children.

More than 40 years after AIDS first appeared, Dr Ghebreyesus stated, “Progress has halted. We have made great strides in reducing pediatric infections and expanding access to care.

“A vital attempt to reenergize progress is the Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children. In order to realize our common ambition of eradicating AIDS in children by 2030, WHO is dedicated to assisting nations with technical leadership and policy execution.

As stated by Winnie Byanyima, executive director of UNAIDS, “Leaders today have spelt out their commitment to the relentless action needed to put things right. An inequality that saddens my heart is that towards children living with HIV.

According to the leaders, no child living with HIV needs to go without treatment, and no newborn needs to be born contaminated with HIV or contract it while being breastfed. The message from the leaders was crystal clear: “We will close the treatment gap for kids to save kids’ lives.”

According to Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund, “No kid should be born with HIV, and no child should pass away from an AIDS-related illness, in 2023.

“Let’s take use of this chance to collaborate in order to ensure that the action plans adopted today are converted into actionable initiatives and scaled-up.

“We know we can accomplish extraordinary results when working together, driven by communities most impacted by HIV.”

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