ARVs, or anti-retroviral drugs, are the medications needed by HIV-positive people to delay the onset of AIDS and significantly prolong life.
Specifically, World Vision is calling for health and government leaders
-- Prevent mother-to-child transmission by fully scaling up programs and
being accountable for meeting goals
-- Ensure pediatric treatment and infant testing
-- Earmark 12% of AIDS funding for children affected by HIV and AIDS
The IAC's slogan this year is "Universal Access Now," emphasizing the need for continued urgency in the worldwide response to HIV/AIDS, and for action on the part of all stakeholders.
"Without addressing the needs of children impacted by HIV and AIDS, and of those infected by mother-child transmission specifically, the IAC will sadly prove to be just another expensive talking shop to the millions who need action now," Newsome said.
Notes to editors
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit http://www.worldvision.org.
World Vision's AIDS programmes are in 60+ nations, many in sub-Saharan
Africa, where more than 90% of the world's HIV-infected children live.
Partnering with local communities and faith leaders, it works to educate
about the disease, to eradicate stigma, encourage voluntary testing, train
thousands of home visitors and provide care and assistance to thousands of
chronically ill men, women and children.
|SOURCE World Vision U.S.|
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