Efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 got a boost from The
According to Avert.org, mother-to-child transmission occurs when an HIV-infected woman passes the virus to her baby, which can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding. In countries with high incomes, it has been virtually eliminated by voluntary testing, counseling, access to antiviral drugs, safe delivery practices and availability of safe breast milk substitutes. Such interventions in developing countries could save the lives of thousands of children each year.
Over the next four years, as part of this $5 million commitment, The
"It's encouraging to think that we could witness an AIDS-free generation during our lifetime," says Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The
This new initiative goes hand-in-hand with the work The
Dr. Christoph Benn, director of resource mobilization at The Global Fund has asked, “Why is it that in every single village in the most remote, rural areas in Africa you can always find a bottle of
The answer is that
Here is a video explaining more about this program in Tanzania.
More Work To Be Done
Despite advances in awareness, diagnosis and treatment in the past decades, 34 million people worldwide have HIV. Approximately 50 percent are women. Children living with HIV/AIDS in 2010 was estimated at 3.4 million; the number of children newly infected with HIV in 2010 was 390,000. AIDS deaths in 2010 were 1.8 million.
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