By Whoopi Goldberg, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
I have been speaking out on behalf of people living with HIV before we even knew exactly what AIDS was, and I have always had a special concern for children affected by the epidemic. I hope to see a world where every child is born HIV-negative and no child dies from an HIV-related cause.
Recently I have come to realize that we are neglecting a major issue and one that really impacts kids. That issue is tuberculosis – TB for short. It’s the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, even though it’s preventable and curable! To me, this is an outrage and what is more devastating is the impact TB has on children in communities affected by HIV. People living with HIV are much more likely to develop TB than people free of HIV infection. More...
By Priscilla Atwani Idele, PhD, UNICEF Statistic Expert and recipient of the 2010 IAS/CCABA Prize for Excellence in Research Related to the Needs of Children Affected by AIDS
Every two years, over 20,000 delegates attend the International AIDS Conference to deliberate on many issues around HIV and AIDS; to assess progress, present new science; to chart the way forward and turn the tide together! Who turns the tide for the children? Who speaks, acts, talks and fights for children at this mammoth biannual conference?
Children are without a voice or platform and are among the most vulnerable. Children depend on their caretakers for all their health and development needs – including HIV care and treatment for themselves and for their mothers.
We know HIV treatment works. Access to care and effective treatment to mothers, means that the risk of a child being born with HIV is almost non-existent. That child’s mother will live with HIV as she would with any chronic illness.
Turning the tide against HIV means ensuring health and survival of both mothers and their children. If children are to More...