The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says that around 1,000 children become infected with HIV every day, many of whom are born in sub-Saharan Africa.
In a Monday statement on the UNICEF website, the organization has called for a fresh focus on prevention of HIV infections in children.
“Every day about 1,000 children are newly infected with HIV. Most of them are born in sub-Saharan Africa,” the organization said.
“In order to reach an AIDS-free generation, we must get to zero new HIV infections,” it added. “How do we get to zero? Test mothers and babies, and give them the medicines they need. Treat and console those living with HIV, and also focus on prevention. Let’s get to zero.”
Some 22.9 million people are living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, making the region as the most heavily HIV affected area of the world. Back in 2010, about 1.2 million people lost their lives in sub-Saharan Africa due to AIDS, while around 1.9 million others became infected with HIV.
The announcement comes ahead of the International AIDS Society’s biennial conference. Experts from across the world are expected to attend the conference on July 22 in Washington DC to discuss the need for innovation in removing new HIV infections in children.