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International AIDS Conference an 'Expensive Talking Shop' Unless More Done for Children
Date:8/1/2008

rvices can reduce transmission risk to less than 2%, but only about 1 in 10 HIV-positive pregnant women who need ARVs get them. There's no acceptable reason to not put an end to mother-to-child transmission."

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 to:

-- 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.
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