Strengthening Engagement of Faith-based Organizations.
“Nearly 110,000 children died of AIDS related illnesses in 2015, equal to 2,100 children dying per week. Significant challenges remain in scaling up early infant diagnosis, tracking mother-infant pairs, identifying older children living with HIV, providing treatment with the most optimal formulations and in a timely manner, and retaining them in care”
UNAIDS Report, December 2016
The regional consultation will be placing
early diagnosis and treatment of Children living with HIV
at the forefront of increased faith-based action towards the UNAIDS
strategy of Start Free. Stay Free. AIDS Free.
Caritas Internationalis is joining hands with UNAIDS, PEPFAR her host member Caritas Nigeria in supporting a regional consultation on the theme "Early Diagnosis and Treatment for HIV-positive Children: Strengthening Engagement of Faith-Based Organizations".
At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 1.8 million children aged 0-14 years living with HIV with an estimated 110,000 AIDS-related deaths among them. There is need to promote wider engagement of national faith-based organizations, national authorities and pharmaceutical companies in the diagnosis and treatment of children living with HIV
Several distinguished personalities are scheduled to speak at this meeting, including the Wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, the Minister of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Oly Illunga Kalenga, as well as the Minister of Health and Child Care of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr David Parirentyatara.
The event will draw experts and stakeholders from all parts of the world
To promote wider engagement of national faith-based organisations, national authorities and pharmaceutical companies in the diagnosis and treatment of children living with HIV
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