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Nearly 1000 babies a day in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with HIV

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6937 (Published 01 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6937
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Poor nations, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa with high prevalence of HIV, need to increase efforts to prevent mother to child transmission of the virus, says a report by Unicef.

Anthony Lake, Unicef’s executive director, said, “We need to do more to reach the hardest hit communities. Every day, nearly 1000 babies in sub-Saharan Africa are infected through mother to child transmission.”

Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, said, “We have strong evidence that elimination of mother to child transmission is achievable.”

Dr Chan stressed, however, that “achieving this will require better prevention among women and mothers.”

The report shows that …

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