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How the world joined together to end AIDS for children

At the turn of the century, and the beginning of the Millennium Development Goals, an HIV diagnosis was equivalent to a death sentence for most children and their families in low-income countries. But now, an early diagnosis paired with treatment and care can ensure long healthy lives, regardless of location, and can help prevent transmission of HIV to others. Since 2000, thirty million new infections were prevented, nearly eight million deaths averted, and fifteen million people living with HIV are now receiving treatment.

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Abo Aisha with his newborn baby, Aisha. Yemen, 2015 © UNICEF/UNI187337/Abdulbaki

Addressing Missed Opportunities Along the PMTCT Cascade: PMTCT, EID and Ped ART abstract themes from ICASA

Abstract-driven sessions at ICASA covered a few over-arching themes focusing on addressing missed opportunities along the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) cascade, particularly through: M&E of relevant programs, integration of these services in the broader health system, and engagement with communities. There was …
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UNICEF’s Pakkala Focuses on an AIDS-Free Generation in ICASA Opening Remarks

Ms Leila Pakkala, UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO) Regional Director, gave an opening address at ICASA 2015 that was focused on the attainability of achieving an AIDS-free generation. Ms. Pakkala reflected on the successes in combating the epidemic over …
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Rozina Akther, 18, and her husband, Munir Hossein, 25, hold their 3-year-old twin sons, (left-right) Hossain and Hassan, at their home in the village of Monapara, Sharisha Bari Upazila, Jamalpur District, Dhaka Division. Rozina regularly takes the boys to a nearby UNICEF/EU-supported community clinic. “They monitor my children and give us medications and advice,” she says. “I have learned a lot from them about how I should look after my children and how to care for them. I try my best, but in the end, we are poor, and there is only so much I can do about giving my children more nutritious food.” Rozina, Mr. Hossein and the twins live with Mr. Hossein’s parents, Marijina Begum and Jilu Rehman. “Our children are weak,” says Ms. Begum. “We cannot feed them properly. Two children eat what is meant for one.” The family has a vegetable garden on the small plot of land they own, as well as a handpump and a sanitary latrine. Mr. Hossein works as a day labourer, earning about 200 Taka (approximately US$2.60) a day when he is able to find work – usually 15–20 days a month. “There is no entertainment, no radio, no television,” he says. “That’s not a problem; I only feel sorry that I cannot feed my children as much as they need. I don’t want more children. I would be happy if I could somehow raise my children properly and manage to make them good, productive human beings.”

PEPFAR: Test and Treat Benefits Everyone

Ambassador Birx, Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, highlighted priorities for PEPFAR going forward in an interview at ICASA 2015. In addition to scaling up successful PMTCT and Option …
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