Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS

The Kaiser Family Foundation is reporting live from the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna Austria, which is going on now. Below is a video. After an introduction, Bill Gates starts speaking about ‘Building on Success: A Roadmap for HIV Prevention’ at 8:00 minutes.

During his presentation, he speaks about preventing mother to child transmission saying that ‘we can eliminate pediatric AIDS’. The entire video is 48 minutes long and covers lots of different HIV/AIDS topics, so those who are primarily interested in the section of the video regarding pediatric HIV/AIDS and prevention may want to forward the video to start watching at 38:15. At this point is a Q & A with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation president Chip Lyons and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates. The highlight: Lyons asked Gates what we could do to step up our efforts to prevent new pediatric infections, and how we could move closer to eliminating altogether HIV and AIDS in children.

“It’s outrageous that we haven’t done better on [eliminating HIV and AIDS in children],” Gates answered. “We need to get countries to set aggressive goals. We need to get the political leaders to recognize the tragedy that this is.”

He added that he was “horrified” that only 45 percent of women currently had access to PMTCT services.

“In terms of cost of the intervention, the impact on the lives involved, that should be something that we have above 90 percent. This is one where, even in the next year, I’d like to see a big change.”

He expressed optimism that this goal was entirely reachable, and acknowledged Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s pivotal role in making this happen.