UNITED NATIONS – World leaders are launching a global plan with the goal of ensuring that every baby is born HIV-free by 2015 -- and that their mothers with the HIV virus live to raise them.
The U.N. says nearly every minute a baby is born with HIV. In 2009, that meant 370,000 children became newly infected with HIV, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
At the U.N.'s high-level meeting on AIDS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined other leaders Thursday to launch a roadmap to achieve the goal of eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV in the next four years.
The Global Plan was developed by a team led by the U.N. agency fighting AIDS and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.