Unicef targets mother-to-child infection
01 December 2010, 18:00
New York - Unicef says it hopes to help eliminate transmission of the Aids virus from mothers to babies during childbirth by 2015.
Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations children's agency, says a new report shows that proper medical care and testing, as well as the proper delivery of antiretroviral drugs, could prevent all pregnant women worldwide from passing the HIV virus to their newborns.
Lake was speaking at a news conference to release Unicef's fifth annual report on children and Aids.
He says the agency has launched a pilot programme in Kenya and several other African countries to get HIV-positive pregnant women the antiretroviral drugs they need to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies when they are born.