The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that in spite of successes marked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot of more is needed to be done mainly in Africa.
According to the UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, adolescents were commonly dying of AIDS at high rate and that the disease keeps on the leading reason of death in Africa.
He said, after all of the secured and improved lives thanks to securing, treatment and attention; after all of the fights won against partiality and ignorance about this virus; after all of the great milestones achieved, AIDS is quiet the number 2 cause of death for those aged 10-19 universally – and number 1 in Africa.
The 21st International AIDS Conference presently underway in Durban, South Africa, which has thus confirmed that in spite of remarkable universal progress in confronting the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work rests to be done to look after children and youths from sickness, infection and death.
‘‘Although, rates of new infections among youths have slowdown, UNICEF is afraid that projected rises in their population in the coming years will cruel an increase in the total number of infections,’‘the children’s group witnessed.
A UNICEF statement revealed, the UNICEF was also mostly concerned about girls who set up the most vulnerable group of people. ‘‘Girls are mostly vulnerable, making up about 65 % of new teen-age infections worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, which explanations for about 70 % of people in the world living with HIV, three out of every four teenagers newly influenced by HIV in 2015 were girls.
So, in the opinion of the UNICEF boss, the battle against the disease was far from over and compulsory a focused and concentrated effort to better the recent situation.
“The undeniable progress, which we have made in the last 3 years does not mean that our fight is over,” Lake said.
According to him, “The battle against AIDS will not be ended until we moderate prevention and treatment struggles; until we reach those young people still being denied the progress that millions before them have revered; and until we end the humiliation and fear that prevent so many young people from getting tested.
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