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A National Commission for 11'000 children infected by HIV in the hospital

2007-06-02

On May 29, the Romanian Government created an interdisciplinary commission to investigate the ways of transmission of HIV-AIDS virus to 11’000 children between 1985 and 1992. For the 8’500 young survivors, today aged from 17 to 20, it is a chance to be recognised as victims of nosocomial infection. “If this fact is recognised by the State, discrimination at school and within social services would decrease”, Lucia Stirbu, HIV-AIDS Resource person for Tdh, said.
It is the result of 7 years fight from UNOPA, the Romanian National Union of Organisations of HIV-AIDS affected Persons. Lucia Stirbu, also member of UNOPA, will participate to the works of the Commission…

Lucia Stirbu: The objectives of the Federation were to fight for the access to treatment and social protection because their families are very poor, and to fight that the government recognises the nosocomial way of contamination of these children. Because the Romanian characteristic is that more than half of Europe’s positive children are Romanian!
How many children have been infected during this period?
Lucia Stirbu: It was 11’000, and now they are only 8’500 living. And all these children, who are not children now, were infected in the hospitals, so it means that their parents are sero-negative.
There is now an order from the Minister of health which was elaborated on May 29 and which justify the creation of this ministerial commission for the research of the way of the paediatric infection.
What can we expect from this commission? What would be the result?
Lucia Stirbu: First of all, to inventory the cases of children infected between 85 and 92 and to analyse the method of infection, the way of infection of the children.
So it means that the Romanian State is about to recognise that 11’000 children have been infected within the hospitals, what would be the consequences of this recognition?
Lucia Stirbu: These children will receive a paper which proves that they were infected in the hospitals. It will be good for them because they are discriminated in the schools
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