Global plan to eliminate child HIV infections launched at UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children has been launched at a United Nations conference on HIV and AIDS in New York.

The 'Countdown to Zero' initiative aims to save millions of lives across the developing world.

Infection rates among children born to mothers living with HIV having declined by 26 per cent from 2001 to 2009, a trend which world leaders attending the conference said they want to see continued.

The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, gave the plan his backing.

"We are here today to ensure that all children are born healthy and free of disease. We are here to ensure that their mothers live to see them grow. This is every mother's wish – and we can make it a reality."

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