UNICEF welcomed the results of a study by the Human Sciences Research Council suggesting that HIV prevalence has dropped by more than half in children ages 2-14. According to the survey, HIV frequency dropped from 5.6% in 2002 to 2.5% in 2008.
UNICEF Representative Aida Girma supposed, “For the first time ever, we have a measure of levels of HIV in children under two. Surveys such as this offer useful data to guide programming for children.
UNICEF is committed to continuing to support the Department of Health and other partners in the follow-up from this significant work.” Ms. Girma added that UNICEF plans to focus on strengthening districts’ capacities to offer quality health services that are responsive to the needs of women, children, and adolescents, and will work to ensure that their protection and access to quality education are also secure.