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A generation of children free from AIDS is not impossible. Children and AIDS Fourth Stocktaking Report, 2009. INTRODUCTION. Four years into Unite for Children , Unite against AIDS , a global campaign for children and young people, many lives have been saved and improved.

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A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

A generation of children free from AIDS is not impossible

Children and AIDS

Fourth Stocktaking Report, 2009


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

INTRODUCTION

Four years into Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, a global campaign for children and young people, many lives have been saved and improved.

  • The Fourth Stocktaking Report is an annual report that examines data on progress, emerging evidence, case studies of best practices and current knowledge and practice for children as they relate to four programme areas known as the ‘Four Ps’

    This presentation reflects information from the 4th Stocktaking Report for Children and AIDS, 2009:

    • Progress and achievements in the global AIDS response for children,

    • Main issues and remaining challenges,

    • Call to action.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

ENSURING A CHILD-FOCUSED HIV RESPONSE

Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV

P1

By 2010, offer appropriate services to 80% of women in need.

Provide Paediatric Treatment to children

P2

By 2010, provide either antiretroviral treatment or cotrimoxazole, or both, to 80% of children in need.

Prevent Infection among Adolescents and Young People

P3

By 2010, reduce the percentage of young people living with HIV by 25% globally.

Protect and Support Children Affected by HIV and AIDS

P4

By 2010, reach 80% of children most in need.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV

Progress and achievements

Trends in percentage of pregnant women with HIV receiving ARV prophylaxis for PMTCT, by region, 2004–2008

Around 45 % of pregnant women living with HIV in low and middle-income countries received antiretroviral (ARV) regimens to prevent the transmission of the virus to their infants, compared with 24 %in 2006 and 35 %in 2007.

Source: 4th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS, 2009


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV

Main issues

The number of women and children lost to follow-up is tragically high.

PEARL Study on PMTCT effectiveness in Africa

Source: 4th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS, 2009


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV

Main issues

Experience in resource-limited countries that have made significant progress indicates that PMTCT programmes can be scaled up using the following strategic approaches.

Decentralizing programmes using the sub-national level as the unit of planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Building capacity and harmonizing actions, goals and outcomes within maternal, newborn and child health services.

Scaling up innovations to service delivery.

Making community-based interventions integral to national scale-up plans.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Provide PaediatricTreatment to children

Progress and achievements

Between 2007 to the end of 2008, the proportion of children on ARTs increased by 39 %. 275,700 out of a total of 730,000 children in need of treatment now receive it.

Percentage of children under 15 years old receiving antiretroviral therapy, 2008

Source: 4th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS, 2009


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Provide PaediatricTreatment to children

Main issues

  • Many countries have improved access to early infant diagnosis. A positive diagnosis of HIV though, does not guarantee access to life-saving treatment.

  • Loss to follow-up of mothers and children (following birth) results in otherwise preventable death among children and a massive loss in public health investment.

  • To be effective, paediatric care and treatment need to become an integral part of infant and child survival and health programmes.

  • Young people living with HIV have particular challenges related to treatment and adherence, and it is important to address safer sex behaviours as these young people grapple with their emerging sexuality.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Prevent Infection among Adolescents and Young People

Progress and achievements

HIV

Increase in Knowledge

The level of comprehensive knowledge among females aged 15−24 has increased by 10 percentage points or more in 17 out of 45 countrieswith survey-based trend data (1999−2008). Such knowledge has increased in young men in 7 out of 12 countries with similar trend data.

Decrease in Risky Behaviours

In several countries, there have been declines of 5 or more percentage points in risky behaviour as the initiation of sex before age 15 of those 15–19 years old, sex with multiple partners and sex without condoms.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Prevent Infection among Adolescents and Young People

Main issues

Young people aged 15–24 living with HIV, 2008

Source: 4th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS, 2009

Girls in sub-Saharan Africa are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection. Gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence are significant barriers to access to services and negatively impact individual ability to exercise self-protection choices.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Prevent Infection among Adolescents and Young People

Main issues

  • A clear understanding of adolescent sexual relations and gender dynamic is necessary to understand how best to intervene to prevent new infections.

  • School attendance is a protective factor against HIV, especially for vulnerable girls. Schools are also an effective platform through which to raise HIV-related knowledge.

  • Interventions that engage young men and boys are necessary to reduce HIV incidence among both male and females.

  • The AIDS epidemic will not be halted until prevention services are more effectively designed and targeted to address the behaviours that marginalize and place adolescents and young people at risk for infection.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Protect and Support Children Affected by HIV and AIDS

Progress and achievements

  • There is growing international support for social protection approaches that are both child-sensitive and AIDS-sensitive.

  • Recent high-level research has enhanced the understanding of childhood vulnerability and documented the most appropriate responses for children affected by HIV and AIDs.

Evidence from 2008 shows that very few households caring for orphans or vulnerable children were receiving basic external support: a median of 12%.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Protect and Support Children Affected by HIV and AIDS

Main issues

  • Community- and faith-based organizations will continue to have an important role in delivering social protection services for children in communities affected by AIDS.

  • Building the capacity of national social welfare systems is urgently needed to scale up support for vulnerable children affected by AIDS.

  • Underfunded social welfare ministries and lack of social workers results in little support for the most vulnerable children, including those living outside families.

Child-sensitive social protection encompasses social transfers, social insurance, social services and social policies and legislation designed to benefit children, including those affected by HIV and AIDs.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Programme Monitoring & Evaluation

Number of low- and middle-income countries reporting on key data on PMTCT and paediatric HIV care and treatment, 2004-2008

Source: 4th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS, 2009


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Investment

What women and children need

“A mother should not have to choose between continuing AIDS treatment and feeding her children.” – Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

Estimates of investment needed to meeting universal access goals


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Call to Action

Now is the time to follow through on our commitments

  • Accelerate the scale-up of PMTCT services and early infant diagnosis to contribute to the elimination of HIV transmission to young children.

  • Continually seek out new evidence to inform HIV prevention.

  • Support and empower adolescents, particularly girls, to identify and respond to their own vulnerabilities.

  • Protect the rights of adolescents and young people living with HIV to receive good-quality support and services.

  • Ensure that adolescents who are in situations of the greatest risk are reached by HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.


A generation of children free from aids is not impossible

Call to Action

Now is the time to follow through on our commitments

  • Make sexual violence against girls and women socially unacceptable.

  • Scale-up child-sensitive social protection, a necessary part of the response to children affected by AIDS.

  • Strengthen community capacity to respond to the needs of children affected by AIDS by preventing the separation of families and improving the quality of alternative care.

  • Strengthen whole systems so that gains made on behalf of women and children affected by AIDS can be extended and sustained.

  • Improve data, gathering and analysis to achieve results for children and identify gaps in equitable coverage of and access to services.


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