Despite progress, an estimated 5 million children have died of AIDS since the start of the epidemic. The vast majority of these deaths were preventable. And children are still dying of AIDS. Of the current 1.8 million children living with HIV, 48% are not receiving life-saving treatment. Close to half of children on treatment, are either on adult formulations or resistant to their medication.
The impact is devastating. Without treatment, 80% of children living with HIV will die before the age of 5. To us, this is unacceptable. With the Kids to Care model, Aidsfonds is dedicated to find missing children quickly and consistently, and enroll them in HIV care, before it is too late. Furthermore we lobby for an increase in funding for community paediatric HIV care, for remaining affordability in paediatric treatment and for child-appropriate HIV treatment and care.
Reaching all children
The role of communities in reaching all children is crucial. The story of Kizza says it all. It shows a real life depiction of what the TAFU program means for daily life of a young boy living with HIV in Uganda and his mum.
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