A new report shows that new HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 percent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report says South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by 50 percent since 2009. It shows that two other countries, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, are also making substantial progress. It highlights that there were 130 thousand fewer new HIV infections among children across the 21 Global Plan priority countries in Africa, representing a drop of 38 percent since 2009. Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Michel Sidibé, says the progress in the majority of countries is a strong signal that with focused efforts. every child can be born free from HIV.

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