Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Give children with HIV a chance

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 novembre 2009

Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis, has called for immediate action to prevent the deaths of children with HIV in poor countries.  Speaking about the theme of World AIDS Day, 1 December “Universal access and human rights”, the Caritas Internationalis President said that it is a basic human right that children with HIV are allowed to grow up and become adults.  Cardinal Rodríguez said, “On World Aids Day 2009, we turn our thoughts to the theme of “Universal access and human rights”. It’s a basic human right that children grow up to become adults and yet half of children with HIV die before their second birthday because they live in poor countries where access to adequate care is limited.  “Caritas works in communities across the world where HIV is devastating families. Through our “Haart for Children” campaign we are urging governments, pharmaceutical companies and the global community to ensure children have early access to HIV and TB testing and treatment. In 2009, Caritas Internationalis launched the “Haart for children” campaign to urge governments, pharmaceutical firms and the global community to provide better testing and treatment for children with HIV and TB. Caritas is also campaigning to improve efforts to prevent HIV from being passed on from mothers to their children. Caritas runs HIV and AIDS programmes in over a hundred countries and has been engaged in tackling the pandemic for over 20 years.


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