Itâ€™s World AIDS Day today and itâ€™s time to raise awareness, remember those who have died and to help campaign for greater action to help the spread of this epidemic. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.
The 2007 AIDS theme is, â€œleadershipâ€, which highlights the need for innovation, vision and perseverance in the face of the AIDS challenge. The campaign calls on all sectors of society such as families, communities and civil society organisations – rather than just governments – to take the initiative and provide leadership on AIDS.
Stop AIDS in Children
In line with this year’s theme, AVERT is running the Stop AIDS in Children campaign to call for urgent action in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Currently only 9% of pregnant women living with HIV in the developing world are provided with drugs to prevent the virus being transmitted to their babies. As a result, nearly half a million children become infected with HIV every year.
The Stop AIDS in Children campaign is calling on governments and international agencies to urgently improve PMTCT coverage worldwide.Watch the video to learn more about the campaign. This epidemic affects all of us…Lets help stop the spread