28 March 2009
Many who died would still be alive today if they had received the necessary treatment.
Despite evidence that treatment is very successful in children living with HIV and TB, there remain significant obstacles to the pediatric care they need.
Adults with HIV are living longer and fuller lives because they have access to a care package, but the treatment is not readily available in a child-friendly format.
Most of the children who die every year would have not even contracted HIV if their mothers had been treated.
Children have been the forgotten in global and national efforts to address HIV and AIDS.
Edmund Rice International has joined with Caritas Internationalis and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance to support a campaign to provide children in the developing world living with HIV/AIDS with access to affordable and appropriate medicines.
Over the next few months, students in Edmund Rice Schools around the world will be invited to take part in a global letter-writing campaign to governments and pharmaceutical companies urging them to take action on this issue.