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UNICEF Report: India has highest number of children, teens with HIV in South Asia



UNICEF Report: India has the highest number of children, teens with HIV in South Asia: Details, Key Findings, Highlights

According to the report by UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund ) which was released ahead of AIDS day stated that about 1,20,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living with HIV in India in 2017, the highest number in South Asia.

The UNICEF report titled ‘Children, HIV and AIDS: The World in 2030’ warned that around 80 adolescents will be dying of AIDS every day globally by 2030 if progress in preventing transmission is not accelerated.

In India, an estimated 120,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living with HIV in 2017. In Pakistan, this number was 5800, followed by Nepal (1,600)and Bangladesh (less than 1,000).

In 2017, the estimated number of children under 5 years old newly diagnosed with HIV was 43 percent lower than the comparable estimate in 2010 a decline greater than the 35 percent recorded globally. Children aged from 10–19 years fell by 25 percent between 2010 and 2017.

“The report makes it clear, without the shadow of a doubt, that the world is off track when it comes to ending AIDS among children and adolescents by 2030,” said UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore.

World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December every year since 1988. The theme for the World AIDS day 2018 was “Know Your Status”.


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