MALI: THE VITAL CHALLENGE OF ANTI-HIV TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN
September 8, 2016
Crédit : © Coalition PLUS – D. Hérard
Each year, an estimated 1.4 million women with HIV become pregnant worldwide. In the absence of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, these women have a probability of 15% to 45% of transmitting HIV to their babies during pregnancy, at delivery or through breastfeeding. However, the risk shrinks to less than 1% if the precious ARV molecules are administered to them and their infants at all stages where infection can take place.
In Mali, one of the priority axes of advocacy by Coalition PLUS focuses precisely on reinforcing the national plan for the elimination of HIV transmission from mother to child. In recent months, our advocate, Fatoumata Konaté, targeted the shortages of pediatric anti-retroviral treatments along with the weaknesses of the distribution network for these essential medicines, shortcomings that threaten the lives of thousands of Malian children living with HIV.
This problem affects Africa as a whole. According to UNAIDS, of the more than 2.6 million children under the age of 15 years currently living with HIV worldwide, 90 % live on that continent. However, barely 18 % of African children with HIV have access to the treatments they need to survive. And half of all children born with HIV in Africa die before their second birthday for lack of appropriate medical coverage.
The African members of Coalition PLUS take to the field each day to tackle this sad reality and change it. This fundamental work is possible thanks to your precious financial support. Thank you!
Access the Coalition PLUS 2015 activity report at coalitionplus.org.
UNAIDS REPORT: 32 BILLION DOLLARS NEEDED BY THE YEAR 2020 TO END THE HIV EPIDEMIC BY 2030
August 19, 2015
Between 2000 and 2014, new HIV infections fell by 35.5% (to 2 million). New infections among children went down by 58% over the same period. AIDS-related deaths decreased by 41% (to 1.2 million) since peaking in 2004.
“The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
“Ending the AIDS epidemic (…) by 2030 is ambitious but realistic,” he noted. However, “we urgently need to carry out efforts on a larger scale over the next five years”, the UN warns, calling for the investment of close to 32 billion dollars each year by 2020, as against 21.7 billion this year.
To end the epidemic, the UN has set itself intermediate goals for 2020, under the “90-90-90” plan, which seeks to ensure that:
– 90 % of people infected with HIV know their status (as against half at the moment);
– 90 % of people who know their status follow treatment;
– 90 % of those treated have viral suppression (the virus becomes undetectable).
Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) —July 14, 2015
UNAIDS press release on its report
HIV: DECEMBER 1… AND EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR
November 14th, 2014
Every year around December 1st, HIV takes center stage for a few days in honour of World AIDS Day. The media take part by sharing messages of hope from partners involved in the fight against HIV, through the UNAIDS campaign, “Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”
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