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.

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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.

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