The report warned that in regions heavily burdened by HIV, a prolonged pandemic could further disrupt healthcare services and widen gaps in the global HIV response.
“In 2020, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 89% of new HIV paediatric infections and 88% of children and adolescents living with HIV worldwide, with adolescent girls six times more likely to be infected with HIV than boys. Some 88% of Aids-related child deaths were in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Despite some progress in the fight against HIV and Aids, children and adolescents continued to be left behind across all regions over the past decade.
“Children orphaned due to Aids make up 10% of all orphans worldwide, but 35% of all orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Fore said a post-pandemic world must include HIV responses that were evidence-based, people-centred, resilient, sustainable and, above all, equitable.
“To close the gaps, these initiatives must be delivered through a reinforced healthcare system and meaningful engagement of all affected communities, especially the most vulnerable.”