The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on November 25 said that once every 100 seconds a child or young person under the age of 20 was infected with HIV last year. Previous year, nearly 320,000 children and adolescents were infected with HIV while 110,000 children died of AIDS.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, “Children are still getting infected at alarming rates, and they are still dying from AIDS. This was even before the COVID-19 interrupted vital HIV treatment and prevention services putting countless more lives at risk.”
As per the UNICEF report, the COVID-19 pandemic has deteriorated the inequalities in access to life-saving HIV services for children, teenagers and pregnant mothers all across the globe. Pointing out serious concerns, the report added that one-third of high HIV burden countries could face Coronavirus-related disruptions.
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