Global General

New plan aims to end HIV in children by 2015

Updated: 2011-06-10 08:01
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UNITED NATIONS - World leaders are launching a global plan with the goal of ensuring that every baby is born HIV-free by 2015 - and that their mothers with the HIV virus live to raise them.

The UN says nearly every minute a baby is born with HIV. In 2009, that meant 370,000 children became newly infected with HIV, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.

At the UN's high-level meeting on AIDS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined other leaders Thursday to launch a roadmap to achieve the goal of eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV in the next four years.

The Global Plan was developed by a team led by the UN agency fighting AIDS and the US Global AIDS Coordinator.