Progress for child survival: HIV/AIDS

The next three steps are concerned with the progress made in child survival rates, and contemplate three major infectious causes of child deaths. HIV/AIDS is the newest major cause and yet is also among the fastest reducing. In this video Professor Peter Piot discusses how this headway has been made.

Child deaths from AIDS are now reducing by 6.7% annually. This has been achieved in two ways:

  • prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) through use of anti-retroviral therapies
  • Treatment of children with HIV through provision of anti-retrovirals.

This has not, however, been easy. It has required major health system investment, innovation and leadership. Cast your mind back to the steps on HIV programming for adolescents in Week 1. Would interventions for children be similar to those for adolescents? How would they differ?

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This video is from the free online course:

Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine