World AIDS Day

By Khadija Mbesa

World aids Day 1st Dec 2019 theme; Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic: community by community.

Only half of the children living with HIV/AIDS have access to the lifesaving treatment. HIV/AIDS is a public health treatment to the future generations, we urge the government and partners to invest in testing and improving the treatment data.

A child should never die because of AIDS anymore; we should never let a child fall a victim to the virus.

Children are the future generation; they are the next president.

The majority of children living with HIV live in Africa, where AIDS remains the leading cause of death among adolescents. Globally, 120,000 children died due to AIDS-related illnesses in 2016. This equates to 328 deaths every day. In fact, children aged 0–4 years living with HIV are more likely to die than any people living with HIV of any other age. This is despite a 62% reduction in AIDS-related deaths among this age group globally, since 2000.

In addition, millions more children are indirectly affected by the impact of the HIV epidemic on their families and communities.

Regular HIV testing, treatment, monitoring and care for children living with HIV can enable them to live long and fulfilling lives. However, a lack of necessary investment and resources for adequate testing, pediatric ARVs and child-friendly prevention programs mean children continue to suffer the consequences of the epidemic.

Progress on the global HIV epidemic front has been mixed. Since 2010, there has been significant success in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), however, in recent years that progress has stalled. While new HIV infections among younger children are on the decline, new HIV infections among adolescents are decreasing too slowly to substantially reduce their overall risk. HIV treatment – the access to and uptake of antiretroviral treatment (ART) – for children living with HIV has seen weaker progress compared to pregnant mothers living with the virus.



HIV/AIDS statistics in Kenya

Percentage of pregnant women living with HIV receiving most effective ARVs for PMTCT (%)76

Estimated number of new HIV infections among children 0-14 years 1800

HIV positive children (aged 0-14) receiving antiretroviral therapy (%)86300

Adolescent girls aged 15-19 who were tested for HIV in the last 12 months and received the results (%)35


Adolescent boys aged 15-19 who were tested for HIV in the last 12 months and received the results (%)27


Estimated number of new HIV infections among adolescents aged 15-19 8200

While there has been promising progress in the HIV response, children continue to be affected by the epidemic.

We all can make the world a better place for children.


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