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Abuja+12 Declaration Accelerates Efforts to Eliminate Pediatric HIV/AIDS in Africa
Date:7/29/2013

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 29, 2013

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) welcomes a new declaration to eliminate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by 2030. The pledge was announced at the Abuja+12 Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, held by Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU) on July 15-17 in Abuja, Nigeria. This declaration confirms the AU’s steadfast commitment to creating an AIDS-free generation in Africa.

The Special Summit of the African Union centered on the theme, “Ownership, Accountability, and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Response in Africa: Past, Present, and the Future.” The declaration, titled “Abuja: Actions towards the Elimination of HIV and AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in Africa by 2030,” was released immediately following the Special Summit. It includes a commitment to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, increase access to HIV care and treatment for children and adolescents, review laws to protect people living with HIV and reduce stigma, create HIV/AIDS prevention programs aimed at young women, and accelerate HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

“We are at a critical point in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, particularly in our efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV,” said Charles Lyons, president and chief executive offer at the Foundation. “This latest declaration builds upon the great progress that has been made in recent years to end pediatric HIV. The ambitious goals set forth by the AU will help improve the health of people in Africa and yield economic and social progress, especially for women and children.”

The AU’s pledge comes on the heels of new, consolidated HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention guidelines, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 30. In line with the AU’s declaration, the WHO’s guidelines call for expanded prevention and treatment efforts for millions of HIV-posi
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