Global Community Must Do More To Make Progress On Ending AIDS In Children, Youth

Devex: Opinion: Reigniting the global fight to end AIDS in children and youth
Chip Lyons, president and CEO at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

“…Progress on ending AIDS in children and youth is stalling. … Gains made to date on behalf of children with HIV are precarious at best. … In the coming weeks, a new executive director of UNAIDS will be chosen to lead the agency in the global, regional, and national response to end the epidemic. … As agency leaders consider candidates, it is essential that they advance those who understand and prioritize the unique and often neglected agenda around ending AIDS in children and youth — or risk rolling back the tangible progress of recent years. … Our community must push for a global AIDS response that not only champions the needs of children and youth but also understands their inextricable link to the global goal of defeating the epidemic worldwide. We have raised the alarm, we have called for renewed urgency — but most importantly, we have made a promise to millions of children, women, and families and our work is not done until we succeed” (7/22).