UN: (Agencies-5/8/2008): The Executive Director of Unicef has called upon delegates at the International Aids Conference (ICC) to unite in their efforts to save children from HIV/Aids.
Unicef Executive Director Ann Veneman says this should be done in honour of the memory of the late Nkosi Johnson. Nkosi Johnson was the youngest Aids activist, who shot to fame during the 13th International Aids Conference that was held in Durban.
Pregnant women and young children are the worse victims of this pandemic. Unicef officials say in some countries, pregnant women who are HIV-positive are still being discriminated.
The UNAids says while figures of HIV infections are decreasing in the continent, Aids orphans are increasing. There are over 2 million orphans in Kenya and the situation in other countries is not better.
This situation has compelled global organizations such as UNAids, World Health Organisation (WTO) and others to collaborate in mobilizing resources to save children. Health budgets in many African countries are so limited to an extent that they are unable to maintain even the existing health facilities. As a result, millions of African children die prematurely.