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HIV/AIDS has infected millions of children and led to millions of child deaths.  Infection rates can be reduced through preventive measures against mother-to-child transmission by providing pregnant women with anti-retroviral treatment and education on preventing HIV-infection.  However, children’s vulnerability extends beyond direct HIV-infection.  Their lives are also affected by family and community members being lost to HIV/AIDS, increasing their vulnerability in terms of poverty, education and other rights.  Some companies can take an active role in helping to provide suitable, accessible treatment for infected children and pregnant women (see also children’s access to medicines, below), and providing support for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. 

For more information on business & HIV/AIDS see our section on HIV/AIDS and our special pages dedicated to World AIDS day 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011.

Key initiatives & reports


2010 United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals: Thematic Discussion Briefing Note: Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and HIV/AIDS

United Nations Private Sector Forum, 2010

UNAIDS and Private sector meet to explore collaboration towards virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission
UNAIDS, 16 Mar 2010

Expert Panel releases Comprehensive New Research Agenda to Improve HIV Response for Women and Children
International Aids Society, Allafrica, 8 Mar 2010

Secretary-General's statement following meeting with pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies working on HIV and AIDS
United Nations, 9 Oct 2008

Pricey AIDS drugs cost children’s lives, say experts
Emma Batha, Reuters, 9 Feb 2006

Case examples


Joining a Mother's Fight to End AIDS in Children

Charles Lyons, Huffington Post [USA], 27 Jan 2012
Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born Free of HIV launched with the goal to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.

Tilaknagar Industries Ltd. Helps HIV Infected Children [India]
Tilaknagar Industries Ltd, 26 Jul 2011

Cipla develops Mother-Baby Pack for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS
India Infoline News Service, 30 Nov 2010
Initiative in partnership with UNICEF.

HP and Clinton Health Access Initiative partner to accelerate early infant diagnosis of HIV in Kenya
HP, 30 Nov 2010

ViiV Healthcare and amfAR Partner to Optimize HIV Treatment for Infants and Children in Asia
ViiV Healthcare, 17 Jun 2010

WORLD AIDS DAY: Children Still Falling Through the Cracks
Mirela Xanthaki, Inter Press Service, 29 Nov 2009
Article highlights the need for companies to adapt drugs for children.

GlaxoSmithKline to inject £60m into HIV and Aids drugs in Africa
Graham Ruddick, Telegraph (UK), 14 Jul 2009

Private-sector partners say ‘we can’ to support children affected by AIDS in Nepal
Rupa Joshi, UNICEF, 13 May 2009

Nine out of ten children are denied life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment
MSF, 28 Nov 2008
Article says companies are not developing easier tests & newer drugs because of lack of financial incentive, half of babies born with HIV die before their 2nd birthday without having been treated.

Uganda: HIV-Positive Children Need More Attention
Jovita Ajuna, allAfrica, 16 Jun 2008

The business world mobilised in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Destination Santé (France), 30 Nov 2007
Refers to Boehringer-Ingehlheim support for a prevention programme in 50 countries against mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Private sector companies and West Africa Idol, Omawumi, unite in support of Children and AIDS campaign
UNICEF Nigeria, 1 Dec 2007

National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Sector in Developing Countries: The Canadian extractive sector and HIV/AIDS in developing countries
Nigel Fisher, UNICEF Canada, 13 Sep 2006

Glaxo, Gilead, Merck part of team to fight HIV
Triangle Business Journal (USA), 14 Mar 2006
Initiative to increase HIV drugs available to children in developing countries.

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27 January 2012

Joining a Mother's Fight to End AIDS in Children

Author: Charles Lyons, Huffington Post [USA]

This year's annual World Economic Forum witnessed the launch of a group dedicated to ending pediatric AIDS -- the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born Free of HIV. The Business Leadership Council is comprised of representatives from...

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26 July 2011

Tilaknagar Industries Ltd. Helps HIV Infected Children

Author: Tilaknagar Industries Ltd

Tilaknagar Industries Ltd. (TI)...has come forward to provide financial assistance to HIV infected children in Tamil Nadu. The company recently offered support to the Petralthan Pillaiya...project that was initiated by Population Services...

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5 May 2011

[PDF] 2010 United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals: Thematic Discussion Briefing Note: Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and HIV/AIDS

Author: United Nations Private Sector Forum

Every year, between 350,000 and 500,000 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, with over 99 percent of all cases occurring in developing countries. Further, almost half of all child deaths occur within the first days of life.....

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30 November 2010

Cipla develops Mother-Baby Pack for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS

Author: India Infoline News Service

Cipla…has developed the first-of-its kind ‘Mother-Baby Pack’ in collaboration with UNICEF... The Mother-Baby Pack contains the entire range of anti-retroviral drugs and antibiotics required by an HIV infected mother starting from the 14th week of...

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30 November 2010

HP and Clinton Health Access Initiative Partner to Accelerate Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV in Kenya

Author: HP

HP today announced an alliance with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) that will provide structural and systemic improvements in testing and treating more than 120,000 infants exposed to HIV in Kenya each year...

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17 June 2010

ViiV Healthcare and amfAR Partner to Optimize HIV Treatment for Infants and Children in Asia

Author: ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare and TREAT Asia, a Bangkok-based program of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, announced a…two-year partnership that aims to improve access and optimize the quality of healthcare for infants and children living with HIV across...

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16 March 2010

UNAIDS and Private sector meet to explore collaboration towards virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission

Author: UNAIDS

On 15 March 2010, UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé met with more than 15 private sector companies affiliated with the Global Business Coalition on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC). Mr Sidibé…reiterated his call for the virtual elimination...

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8 March 2010

Expert Panel Releases Comprehensive New Research Agenda to Improve HIV Responses for Women and Children

Author: International AIDS Society

[T]he International AIDS Society (IAS) and 15…leading public and private sector organizations have released a…new research agenda designed to…advance global responses to HIV in women and children. The…consensus statement, Asking the Right Questions:...

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29 November 2009

WORLD AIDS DAY: Children Still Falling Through the Cracks

Author: Mirela Xanthaki, IPS

At a recent panel discussion on children with HIV hosted by…UNICEF…activists and public health experts stressed the need for accessibility, appropriate testing and follow-up care…Critical steps include…greater efforts by pharmaceutical companies and...

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14 July 2009

GlaxoSmithKline to inject £60m into HIV and Aids drugs in Africa

Author: Graham Ruddick, Telegraph [UK]

GSK will create a new Positive Action for Children Fund that will have access to £50m over the next 10 years, and has also granted Aspen Pharmacare, in which it acquired a 16pc stake in May, a royalty-free licence to develop a cheaper, generic version...

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