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Vatican cardinal calls for improved access to HIV treatment for children

May 17, 2016

Addressing religious and health care leaders who had gathered in Rome on May 16 to discuss children with HIV, Cardinal Peter Turkson called for improved “access to HIV treatment for children, motivated particularly in this Jubilee year of Mercy to consider the plight of children not only with the intelligence of the marketplace, but also with the intelligence of the heart.”

“I hope especially for a focus on the seriously affected countries where little progress has been made to stop the transmission of the virus to children, and where national efforts have not sufficiently addressed the obstacles to accessing treatment in local communities,” said the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. “This reflects the sad reality that health care is not a right for all.”

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