Abbott To Provide $12M To Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi To Increase HIV/AIDS Treatment
The Abbott Fundplans to provide $12 million to Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania to improvetreatment and care services for children living with HIV/AIDS and toreduce mother-to-child HIV transmission in the three countries, Kenya'sEast African reports.
According to the East African, the funds allocated to Tanzania will be disbursed to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for use in its program to prevent mother-to-child transmissions. Kenya's funds will be used by the Catholic Medical Mission Board to expand HIV testing, counseling and treatment and to prevent mother-to-child transmissions. In Malawi, Family Health International will receive the grant, the East African reports.
Theprograms in the three countries are expected to provide nearly 40,000pregnant women with HIV tests and more than 5,000 HIV-positive childrenwith treatment, the East African reports (Kimani, East African, 8/14).
Globally,2.3 million children younger than age 15 were living with HIV in 2005,and 10% of the 780,000 children in need of antiretroviral drugs hadaccess to them during the same time period, according to a reportconducted by UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.About one-third of HIV-positive infants who do not have access totreatment die from AIDS-related complications in their first year, andhalf of them die from AIDS-related complications by age two, the reportfound (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report,1/17). An estimated 300,000 people in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania haveaccess to antiretrovirals, less than 20,000 of whom are children.According to James Nyikal, director of medical services in Kenya,10,000 out of the approximately 50,000 children who need treatmentaccess in the country receive the drugs.
The Abbott Fund hasprovided more than five million no-cost HIV tests and has distributedmore than $100 million to support treatment worldwide. The fund isdonating rapid HIV tests to prevent mother-to-child transmissions in 69countries, including all of Africa, the East African reports (East African, 8/14).
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