Johannesburg - Without additional funds for the fight against the HI virus, around 360,000 young people will die from the consequences of AIDS between 2018 and 2030, according to Unicef. That corresponds to 76 deaths of people between the ages of 10 and 19 per day.
The international community will "without doubt" fail to achieve its goal of putting an end to the immunodeficiency disease AIDS in children and adolescents by 2030, Henrietta Fore, director of the UN Children's Fund, said today. "We cannot win the fight against HIV if we do not make faster progress to prevent transmission to the next generation," said Fore on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1st.
According to the Unicef forecast, fewer young people will be infected with HIV in the future, but the decline is not big enough to suppress the disease in the long term. Currently, 700 adolescents are infected every day - about one person every two minutes. According to Unicef, around three million children and young people around the world are currently living with HIV, and by 2030 it should still be 1.9 million.
The number of children and adolescents dying of AIDS is expected to increase from around 119,000 per year by 2030 56,000 sink. However, Unicef warned: "Progress is far too slow and there is hardly any time left for effective action." Fore demanded that the fight against the spread of the HIV virus should continue with great urgency.