All children affected by HIV and AIDS should lead healthy, happy lives and thrive in school, at home and in their communities. This includes children and adolescents (aged 0-18 years) infected with HIV and AIDS; those at risk of infection; and children affected by the social and economic impacts of others close to them having the disease.
According to UNICEF’s Seventh Stocktaking Report, 2016
- Children living with HIV (aged 0–4) face the highest risk of AIDS-related death compared to all other age groups.
- 85% of all new HIV infections among children occurred in sub-Saharan Africa
- Only half of HIV-exposed babies are tested for HIV by the recommended age of two months
- Of the 1.8 million children under 15 living with HIV, only half are on treatment
- More than 100 adolescents (10 – 19) died of AIDS every day in 2015.
- If we maintain the current rate of progress, the estimated number of new HIV infections among adolescents (aged 15–19 years) in Africa is projected to increase to 280,000 annually by 2020, to 330,000 annually by 2025, and to 390,000 annually by 2030.
We all have a role to play in ensuring that these children survive and thrive. The HIV sector must become more effective and the broader international development must better serve children affected by HIV and AIDS. The Coalition has identified five priorities for action (listed below). These are vital stepping-stones in the fight to end HIV and AIDS in children and to mitigate its broader impacts on them.
The Coalition has identified the following five priorities for action. These are vital stepping-stones in the fight to end HIV and AIDS in children and to mitigate its broader impacts on them.
- Time to Step Up is a call to action, outlining the urgent steps needed to prioritize children affected by HIV and AIDS in the post-2015 development agenda.