2015 World AIDS DAY

Speaking on World AIDS Day, Susan Namondo Ngongi, UNICEF Country Representative, noted that currently in Ghana, only one in five HIV-positive children was on anti-retroviral drugs. This is compared to one in three HIV-positive women receiving ARV treatment.

 

2015 World AIDS DAY“This means that the greater majority of HIV-exposed children are not accessing early diagnosis,” she said.

UNICEF noted that among the 250,000 people currently living with HIV in Ghana, over 21,000 are children under the age of 15.

“Though Ghana has made huge strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS, urgent attention is needed to get life-saving treatment to children and women who are infected and to sustain efforts aimed at preventing new infections in Ghana,” she said.

Current estimates put the number of annual AIDS related deaths among children aged under 15 in Ghana at 1,300.

In order to reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS on children, there was a need to scale up prevention of mother-to-child transmission by increasing the coverage of HIV-positive pregnant women with antiretroviral therapy.

“It is in our power to achieve an AIDS-free generation,” she said.

The HIV prevalence rate in Ghana, according to the 2014 Demographic and Health Survey, stands at 2.1 percent. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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