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Stocktaking report on Children and AIDS

Every year, UNICEF produces an annual report on children and HIV and AIDS, focusing on four programme areas:

• Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV
• Providing paediatric care and treatment
• Preventing HIV infection among adolescents and young people
• Protecting and supporting children affected by HIV and AIDS

UNFPA, WHO and the UNAIDS Secretariat have been partners on the report for some time. This year, for the first time, UNESCO joined them, focusing on preventing HIV infection among adolescents and young people, with special reference to the role of the education sector.

Declines in HIV prevalence have been most notable among young people aged 15-24. In 15 key countries in sub-Saharan Africa, new cases of HIV among people have dropped by more than 25%. However, this is not happening everywhere and there are still too many new infections – an estimated 890,000 among young people in 2009.

Comprehensive knowledge levels remain too low: only three countries can report 50% or more of young men and women with correct HIV-related knowledge. There is still much to do to build the knowledge needed by young people to protect themselves and each other – and an important role for the education sector in this process.

Click here for the full report in pdf.

  • 27-12-2010
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