Unicef ​​report: More and more young AIDS dead

Unicef ​​report: More and more young AIDS dead

In poor countries, more and more young AIDS victims
Unicef ​​raises the alarm: More and more young people are dying from AIDS, especially in poorer countries. There were 110,000 in the past year alone. With more money, the child welfare organization could reduce the death rate.

Increase of more than 50 percent Especially in the poorer countries, an HIV infection is fatal for an increasing number of young people. This is the result of a report by the UN children's aid organization Unicef. The death rate has risen dramatically in recent years. According to the information, 71,000 adolescents died in poorer countries in 2005, compared to 110,000 last year. This corresponds to an increase of almost 55 percent. The United Nations defines young people as between the ages of ten and 19. Around 2.1 million of them should have lived with the disease in 2012.

Unicef ​​demands more money According to the UN aid workers, the problem could be combated effectively with more money. For example, a program package worth USD 5.5 billion (around EUR 4 billion) could prevent the infection of two million young people by 2020. In 2010, the budget was $ 3.8 billion.

50,000 signatures handed over in Berlin Germany is also obliged to do more. On Friday in Berlin, a coalition of various initiatives asked the Chancellor to at least double the German contribution to the global fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Germany currently deposits around 200 million euros annually. As a spokesman for the "Action Alliance Against AIDS" announced, the talks in the Chancellery were positive after the handover of 50,000 signatures. Since 2002, the fund has provided AIDS medication to treat 5.3 million people.

Transmission of mothers to children significantly curbed According to Unicef, great success has been achieved in children. The transmission of the disease from mothers to children has been significantly curbed. Last year, 260,000 children were still infected with HIV, but seven years earlier, the number was 540,000, more than twice as many.

Children must be the first to benefit from success A third of infected children would die without treatment before their first birthday and half would not have their second birthday. “Children have to be the first to benefit from our success in fighting HIV. And they have to be the last to suffer from our failure, ”said Unicef ​​director Anthony Lake. "Today the child of an infected pregnant woman no longer has to suffer the same fate."

Number of sick children in Africa has dropped In the worst affected part of the world, Africa, the number of sick children has dropped significantly in many countries, according to Unicef. For example in Ghana by 76 percent or in Namibia by 58 percent. But in poorer countries, only about a third of children get the treatment they need. In contrast, there are almost two thirds of adults. Additional problems could also arise in the future after a new HIV pathogen was discovered in West Africa. For example, scientists in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, have discovered a new HIV pathogen that is said to lead to faster AIDS. According to the broadcaster “Voice of America”, referring to data from the Swedish Lund University, it takes an average of around six years from the time of infection to the outbreak of AIDS in the HIV strains that have been predominant there until now. The new A3 / O2 exciter is one year faster on average.

78,000 people in Germany live with HIV. AIDS prevention programs should target young people more effectively, according to the World Population Foundation in Hanover. Its managing director Renate Bähr said: "The current figures show that more young people need access to education and contraception." Girls in particular are at high risk of contracting HIV. At the end of 2012, around 78,000 people with HIV lived in Germany, including around 200 children and adolescents up to 15 years of age. About 550 people died in Germany last year from the consequences of AIDS. (ad)

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