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What we do:

PATA is an action network of health providers and health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. The PATA network offers a powerful platform for regional collaboration, capacity building, peer-to-peer exchange and learning. Our goal is to effect positive change in policies, programmes and practices in the paediatric and adolescent HIV response.

Mission:

To mobilise and strengthen a network of frontline health providers to improve paediatric and adolescent HIV prevention, treatment,
care and support in sub-Saharan Africa.

Vision:

That all children and adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa receive optimal treatment,
care and support and live long healthy lives.

The Facts:

Global statistics 2015: Children

1.8 million children were living with HIV

150 000 children became newly infected with HIV (400 new infections every day)

85% of all new infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa

110 000 children died of AIDS related illnesses (200 AIDS related deaths per day)

49% of children living with HIV accessed antiretroviral therapy

In sub-Saharan Africa, treatment initiation comes too late, with an average age of 3.8 years. Without timely treatment, half of the children living with HIV will succumb to HIV-related illness by the age 2

Global statistics 2015: Adolescents and young people

11.8 million young people aged 15-24 were living with HIV

Global statistics 2015: Adolescents and young people

670,000 young people aged 15-24 became newly infected with HIV (6000 new infections every day)

Of the young people infected, 250,000 were between the ages of 15 -19 with new infections occurring every 2 minutes

Young women aged 15-24, have HIV infection rates twice as high as in young men, and account for 31% of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa

100 AIDS related deaths per day in adolescents aged 10-19

Adolescence is currently the only population group with increased AIDS related morbidity and mortality

Less than 49% of adolescents living with HIV accessed antiretroviral therapy

Children and adolescents are at the centre of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic yet remain inadequately served.

“Children should be the first to benefit from our successes in defeating HIV, and the last to suffer from our failures.” Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is a moral injustice. I am calling on young people to lead the All In movement, alongside the United Nations, public and private partners, and countries themselves, to end the adolescent AIDS epidemic.” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

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