UNAIDS Executive Director: “Zero new HIV infections among children can be a reality”

By Jane Coaston | September 19, 2013

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe wrote for CNN.com about the tremendous gains we’ve made in eliminating HIV in children.

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In advance of the United Nationals General Assembly (UNGA), UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University shared their thoughts on the tremendous gains that have been made to reduce pediatric HIV and  what it will take to achieve an AIDS-free generation. The authors point out that a new generation of community health workers with specialty training in prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and other health services will be key to eliminating pediatric HIV.

“For a long time, efforts to ensure that a pregnant woman living with HIV would not pass the virus to her child -- during pregnancy, at childbirth, or during breastfeeding -- have lagged behind the promise of technology. But now we can say confidently that with the right efforts, we can reduce new HIV infections among children to zero, even within the short time remaining until the Millennium Development Goals are concluded at the end of 2015.”

You can read the full article here and stay tuned to pedaids.org for updates as UNGA kicks off this week.

Learn more about what the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is doing to eliminate pediatric HIV here.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.