According to World Health Organization (WHO) an estimated 3.2 million children were living with HIV at the end of 2013, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Majority of them acquire HIV from their HIV-infected mothers during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. The number of children (younger than 15 years) more than doubled from 2009 to 2013, from 355 000 to 740 000.
In a recent statistics released by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the number of children (0-14 years) living with HIV/AIDS in Africa has increased to 1,397,000, doubling again in the last 4 years, with Nigeria having the highest number of children (260,000) living with HIV.
It is estimated that 90% of the world’s HIV-infected children live in Africa, and more than half a million die of AIDS each year.
How do we stem the spread of HIV/AIDS? And how do we make sure interventions and Antiretroviral drugs are widely accessible or available to children already living with the virus?
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SOURCE: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)