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An Aids-free generation for children possible, says Unicef

Of the three million affected children and youths in the world, more than half are in Africa.

HIV/AIDS sign. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Unicef says that an Aids-free generation for children and adolescents is possible but is happening at a slow pace.

It released a report on Thursday on Aids-related deaths, projecting a decrease of 57% among children below age 14 compared with a 35% decrease among young people between the ages of 15 and 19.

Of the three million affected children and youths in the world, more than half are in Africa.

Unicef Africa’s Anurita Bains says there's an urgent need to speed up treatment and prevention programmes.

“There is a lot to do. I think we often rely on the health sector. They’re such a key partner. That’s where we’ve seen so much progress. We will expand and engage other partners or ministries, that’s where we need to go with addressing new infections.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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