WHO: Only half of children with HIV receive treatment

Special Representative of the World Health Organization in Russia Melita Vujnovic said that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation related to AIDS.

She added that only half of the world’s children living with HIV are receiving the treatment they need, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and made conditions even more difficult. This is stated in the welcoming message of the Special Representative of the World Health Organization in Russia, Melita Voinovich, to the participants of the VIII Russian Forum of Specialists in HIV Prevention and Treatment.

“Children are among the most vulnerable populations in which the global HIV epidemic can be observed. To date, only 52% of HIV-infected children receive life-saving treatment. We talk a lot about the progress in the fight against AIDS around the world because of the pandemic COVID-19, but even before the emergence of COVID-19, not all populations had equal access to HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care services, and this has increased inequalities during the epidemic.

The WHO delegate expressed her confidence that the problem of economic and social inequalities must be addressed as a matter of urgency. In a pandemic, inequality increases the risks for everyone, she said. That is why the World Health Organization is making this call.

And Melita Voinovich stressed that HIV and AIDS continue to pose a threat to public health. “We have only 8 years to end AIDS as a global health threat by 2030,” she added.

In the message of the representative of the World Health Organization: “In conclusion, I would like to thank the Russian Ministry of Health and express readiness to continue cooperation in order to ensure people’s health.”

Source: TASS