Ending new HIV infections among children

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The joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched a campaign to end new HIV infections among children by 2015.

Known as  "Believe it. Do it" , the campaign  also aims to ensure that women living with HIV stay healthy through pregnancy, delivery and breast-feeding.

UNAIDS estimates that about 390,000 children become newly infected with HIV each year. As many as 42,000 women living with HIV aids die from complications relating to HIV and pregnancy.

UNAIDS says the targets can be achieved by increasing the number of HIV positive women who have access to HIV prevention and treatment services to protect themselves and their children.

Sakuya Oka is a spokesperson for UNAIDS.

"Every day around one thousand children are born with HIV and that adds up to nearly 400,000 children becoming infected a year. This can be prevented quite simply because when pregnant women are given access to ARV’s the risk of transmitting HIV is less than 5 per cent. This advocacy campaign is focusing on mothers who can make a difference and the campaign asks people to do three different actions, they can get the facts, they can send a message about the issue to others or support a mother living with HIV."

Duration 35″

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