THE CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE
THE COALITION FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY AIDS IS FIGHTING TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AFFECTED BY THIS DISEASE RECEIVE THE GLOBAL ATTENTION AND HELP THEY SO DESERVE.
All children have the right to life – the right to be given the chance to live happy, healthy lives where they can thrive in their schools, communities and families. The right to no longer be made to engage in demands that exceed their young years, nor be ravaged by disease and plagues of ignorance. Sadly, the situation for children facing major global pandemics like HIV/AIDS continues to be a major struggle.Whilst huge progress has been made, and continues to be made, in the world-wide fight against HIV/AIDS, the developments for children and adolescents are lagging behind and the epidemic risks are at an all-time high.The facts speak for themselves, and are truly frightening.
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. • 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.