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Author
DeGennaro, Vincent
Title
Children Left Behind: Global Stakeholders Failing to Adequately Prevent or Treat Pediatric HIV/AIDS
Imprint
Global AIDS Alliance, Washington, Feb 3 2006, 25 pp
Description

Advocacy Brief. Reproduced with the Global AIDS Alliance's kind permission.

Abstract

"There are 2.3 million children under the age of 15 living with HIV/AIDS, and 570,000 children died of AIDS in 2005. Despite recent increases in the number of adults on antiretroviral therapy (ART) as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “3-by-5” campaign, the number of children receiving treatment remains inappropriately small. While children represent just 6% of all people infected with HIV/AIDS as of December 2005, they accounted for 18% of the 3.1 million AIDS deaths in 2005. But only 40,000 or 4% of the approximately one million people now on treatment are children. In order to better quantify the level of pediatric treatment and assess existing bottlenecks, the Global AIDS Alliance surveyed governments and programming organizations about their treatment efforts over the past year. The survey results identify a number of specific problems related to the treatment of children with HIV/AIDS and underscore the need for specific changes in order to scale up pediatric treatment worldwide."

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