NEW YORK, USA, 30 November 2010 – Halfway through a 10-year campaign to reverse the spread of AIDS, UNICEF and its partners are making significant progress in preventing mothers from passing the disease onto their children.
“The majority of women are now getting anti-retroviral drugs to prevent transmission to newborns, but our goal now needs to be the elimination of vertical transmission so that fewer or no newborns will be infected,” said UNICEF Chief of HIV/AIDS Jimmy Kolker.
This goal has been achieved in the developed world, but in Africa, 1,000 babies acquire the virus every day. Globally, AIDS is the leading cause of death amongst women of childbearing age. “This is something we know how to stop, and we can stop,” said Mr. Kolker.