World leaders commit to global action against mother-to-child HIV transmission

New York, US (PANA) - World leaders meeting in New York at the 8-10 June 2011 UN High Level meeting on HIV/AIDS have committed to a global action plan that will make significant strides towards eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping HIV infected mothers alive.

The key elements of the global action plan include that all women, especially pregnant women, should have access to quality life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services, for themselves and their children, and that the rights of women living with HIV should be respected and that women, their families and communities are empowered to fully engage in ensuring their own health, especially the health of their children.

The global action plan also stipulates that adequate resources, human and financial, should be available from both national and international sources in a timely and predictable manner; that HIV, maternal health, newborn and child health, and family planning programmes must work together, deliver quality results and lead to improved health outcomes; and that Communities, in particular women living with HIV, are enabled and empowered to support women and their families to access the HIV prevention, treatment and care that they need.

Other key elements are that national and global leaders must act in concert to support country-driven efforts and are held accountable for delivering results, and a detailed timetable for action at community, national, regional and global levels to ensure rapid progress towards elimination of new HIV infections in children by 2015 and keeping HIV positive mothers alive.

At the meeting, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby pledged an additional US$75 million for preventing mother-to-child transmission.

In addition to this week’s U.S. contribution for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged US$40 million, Johnson & Jonson added US$15 million, and Chevron committed US$20 million.

Nearly every minute, a baby is born with HIV. A child dies of AIDS every two minutes and one of every five maternal deaths in Africa is HIV-related.

According to experts, neither technical or scientific barriers stand in the way of eliminating pediatric AIDS worldwide. Pediatric HIV was virtually eliminated, with fewer than 150 new cases per year, in the United States and Europe more than a decade ago.
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10 june 2011 10:26:29

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