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UNICEF calls for more investment in HIV/AIDS treatment for children

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 12:10 AM

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for more investment in and access to treatment for children with HIV/AIDS.



The call is being made amid the global commemoration of World AIDS Day today.



UNICEF says an estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted.



However, it adds that disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress towards reaching a global goal of reducing new infections in children by 90 per cent.



UNICEF says new cases of HIV infections declined by more than 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, as a result of expanding the access of millions of pregnant women living with HIV to services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.



However, the agency stresses that the global goal of reducing new HIV infections in children by 90 per cent between 2009 and 2015 is still out of reach.



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