Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Despite significant progress over the last decade, HIV remains a considerable global challenge. Today, there are 1.8 million children living with HIV -150,000 of these children contracted the virus in 2015. The lives of those living with HIV can be dramatically improved through appropriate care and support, and the vast majority of new transmission can be averted through simple preventive measures. As per WHO:s recommendation in 2015, anti-retroviral therapies (ART) should be provided to all pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV, as well as lifelong provision of ART to all HIV-positive children under five. Unfortunately, these life-changing interventions aren’t reaching those most in need. Today, just three in every four HIV-positive pregnant women receive ART to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV, and less than half of HIV infected children receive appropriate care and treatment.

Save the Children’s HIV work focuses on the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, and ensuring that all HIV-exposed, infected and affected children receive the recommended care.

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