Statements and Webcast
Sovereign Military Order of Malta
H.E. Mr. Hreinn Lindal, Attaché to the High Level Meeting
10 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
HREINN LINDAL, Attaché to the High Level Meeting, noting that mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS accounted for 90 per cent of new infections in children under 15 years old, said that in the first two years of the Order’s “Save a Child from HIV/AIDS” programme in Mexico, more than 600 HIV-positive mothers had delivered healthy babies. As weak, fragmented health systems were among the biggest barriers to accessing HIV/AIDS services, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, the Order was creating structures and mechanisms that blended into communities. Touching on work in Kenya, Myanmar, India and South Africa, he said the Order also had programmes of medical and palliative care in Argentina, Mexico, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There was a $7.7 billion gap between available global AIDS resources and the needs of developing countries, he added.