Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018

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3.6 lakh adolescents may die globally in 12 yrs: UNICEF

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Health Desk-- 30 Nov’18: A UNICEF report released on Thursday said, nearly 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases around the globe in between 2018 and 2030.

The report styled Children, HIV and AIDS: The World in 2030 notes that based on population projections, and at current trends, the number of 0-19 year-olds newly infected with HIV will reach an estimated 270,000 in 2030, decreasing by one third over current estimates.

It shows that the number of children and adolescents dying from AIDS-related causes will decline, from a current 119,000 to 56,000 in 2030. However, this downward trajectory is too slow, particularly among adolescents.

According to the report, by 2030, the number of new HIV infections among children in the first decade of life will be cut in half, while new infections among adolescents aged 10 to 19 years old will only decrease by 29 per cent.

UNICEF estimates that nearly 700 adolescents aged between 10 and 19 are newly infected with HIV every day – or one every two minutes.

According to the report, by 2030, the number of new HIV infections among children in the first decade of life will be cut in half, while new infections among adolescents aged 10 to 19 years old will only decrease by 29 per cent.

In Bangladesh, the HIV prevalence among general population remains low (<0.1%).

In 2017 Ministry of health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) reported that among the 865 new reported cases, more than 5 percent were children and adolescents less than 18 years and 25 percent were women.

UNICEF Bangladesh and National HIV Programme of the government are working for sustainability and scaling up of the services on prevention of mother to child transmission, HIV prevention, treatment and care for most at risk adolescents, protection, care and treatment of children affected by AIDS.