Nigeria has joined an alliance aimed at globally ending AIDS in children by the year 2023. This was disclosed by the World Health Organisation, WHO on Tuesday, in a joint news release with The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and United Nations Children’s Fund.
The global health body stated that the alliance is targeted at ensuring children living with HIV are not denied treatment by the end of 2030 and new infant HIV infections are prevented by that time.
The WHO explained that the alliance tagged “Global Alliance for Ending AIDS in Children by 2030” became necessary due to the disturbing concern regarding the wide gap between the HIV percentage of children and adults.
According to the WHO, “UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO, and partners have brought together a global alliance to ensure that no child living with HIV is denied treatment by the end of the decade and to prevent new infant HIV infections,”
“The alliance will run for the next eight years until 2030, aiming to fix one of the most glaring disparities in the AIDS response. Alliance members are united in the assessment that the challenge is surmountable through partnership,” it said.
Speaking on the matter, the WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus asserted that, “No child should be born with or grow up with HIV, and no child with HIV should go without treatment.
“The Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children is an opportunity to renew our commitment to children and their families to unite, to speak, and to act with purpose and in solidarity with all mothers, children, and adolescents”, he said.
On his part, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has vowed to change the lives of children left behind by establishing systems set up to ensure the needs of children living with HIV are adequately met.