Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund, recently claimed that “a world where no children are born with HIV is truly possible by 2015.” Currently, more than 900 children, most within sub-Saharan Africa, are infected with HIV each day. Mother-to-child transmission can take place while the baby is in the womb, during child-birth, or breast-feeding. Timely intake of treatment, including antiretroviral medicine, by HIV pregnant women and her newborn significantly reduces the risk of transmission.
(RED) supported Global Fund programs have helped provide more than 130,000 HIV positive pregnant women with preventative antiretroviral therapy.
Click here to read Global Fund Ambassador, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s opinion piece about the importance of protecting mothers and children against HIV in Le Monde.