Two young sisters who lost their mother to HIV and AIDS walk home arm-in-arm after school. Photo credit: Save the Children, 2010.

Two young sisters who lost their mother to HIV and AIDS walk home arm-in-arm after school.

World AIDS Day: December 1, 2021

Save the Children is globally recognized for our leadership in improving the lives and futures of children and families living with HIV and AIDS. For example, in Nepal, Save the Children is working to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. In 2016 we helped increase the percentage of pregnant women being tested for HIV from 35% to 50%. Our goal is to fight HIV and AIDS, and end it as a public health threat by 2030. 

Some Children are Born with HIV and AIDS

In some countries where awareness and prevention are low – women find out that they are HIV positive when they’re pregnant. With proper treatment, they can prevent mother-to-child transmission and protect the unborn child. But some women don’t discover that they are HIV-positive until it’s too late and the child is infected. Save the Children is committed to enabling children, youth and their families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS to live positively and productively.

Save the Children is working towards a world where people, especially children and youth, live without fear of contracting the HIV virus, suffering from HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and live with zero AIDS-related deaths. We work in 24 countries around the world – across four continents. 

Lucia’s Story: AIDS Robbed Her of Her Childhood

Lucia is a beautiful young girl who appears to be like any other nine-year-old child you'd meet in rural Mozambique in southeastern Africa. Although most families tend small plots of land to make about one dollar each day, the children laugh, play games and eagerly attend school. But Lucia was forced to bear the burden of adulthood far too soon. Her mother died due to complications of HIV and AIDS.

HIV and AIDS rates are staggering in Mozambique – accounting for almost 25% of all deaths. Orphaned children like Lucia suffer the most.

When Save the Children visited her family, Lucia's mother pulled her daughter close and said, “Lucia, when I die, just take care of your sister.” A few months later, Lucia's mother lost her battle and died from HIV and AIDS complications. Lucia was left all alone to raise her little sister Hilaria. Without the care and guidance of our caring workers in the field, these beautiful young girls will be lost to a life of severe poverty.

As we mark World AIDS Day, we honor children like Lucia and are working hard to spare other children from her fate. We’re fighting the spread of HIV through the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. In partnership with local governments, mothers can access nurse-initiated antiretroviral therapy – a lifesaving treatment to keep the infection at bay and prevent babies from being infected.

As AIDS wreaks havoc around the world, Save the Children works tirelessly to support and care for the millions of orphans and vulnerable young ones like Lucia and Hilaria. Your generous gift provides relief and assistance to suffering children who might not make it otherwise. Please help these precious children like Lucia and Hilaria today.


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