Securing Better Access to Early Testing and Treatment for Children Living with HIV
or HIV/TB Co-Infection and to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV.
In poor countries, some children with HIV and TB don’t stand a chance at life. Children may die because they are not diagnosed in time. Even with a timely diagnosis, children’s lives are at risk because treatment is too expensive or not adaptable to a poor setting, or else it is not available in a child friendly format. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Caritas Internationalis is organising a conference to gather together experts to discuss the need to improve and expand access to testing and treatment for children living with HIV and TB.
The conference aims to build on the foundations laid down by Caritas Internationalis’ HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Treatment) campaign, which promotes greater access to HIV and TB diagnosis and treatment to children in poor countries.
The conference and seminars are organised by Caritas Internationalis and the United States Embassy to the Holy See. It is co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (the Vatican office which oversees the Church’s health work), the Joint Health Commission of the Unions of Superiors General, and the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital .
Caritas Internationalis hopes that by bringing experts in HIV and TB together, it will highlight the urgent need to protect and nurture the lives of children in poor countries. The conference will provide the basis for solidarity between organisations and individuals who can work towards making a real difference to the lives of children affected by HIV and TB.