A new United Nations report on ending the AIDS epidemic says there is a clear path to ending the epidemic by 2030. The report, titled “The Path to Ending AIDS,” says ending the epidemic is political and financial. Choice.
“The data and real-world examples in the report make it abundantly clear what that path is. It’s not a mystery. It’s a choice. Some leaders are following the path — and succeeding,” UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima wrote in the executive summary of the report, released last week.
According to Byanima, the report shows that “countries that put people and communities first in their policies and programs are leading the world in the journey to end AIDS by 2030.”
Bianima points to Botswana, Eswatini, Rwanda, the United Nations Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe, which have already reached the “95-95-95” targets, and at least 16 other countries that are close to reaching the milestone.
The “95-95-95” targets mean that 95 percent of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 95 percent of people who know they are living with HIV are on life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and 95 percent of people are on life-saving antiretroviral therapy. Those on treatment are infected with the virus.
Byanima urged all leaders to follow the course, saying that HIV responses are successful when they are supported by strong political leadership, which includes following scientific data and evidence, addressing inequalities, ensuring financial support and “enabling communities and civil society organizations to play their vital role in it.” response”
In the year Progress has been made in countries and regions investing financially in reducing HIV infection, noting that infection rates in Eastern and Southern Africa have dropped by 57 percent since 2010. The report, however, noted a decline in HIV support from international and domestic sources. In 2022, the report totals $20.8 billion, less than the $29.9 billion needed in 2025.
By 2022, 82 percent of HIV-infected pregnant and lactating women globally will have access to antiretroviral therapy, compared to 46 percent in 2010, the report said, showing results from investments in child AIDS prevention. In the year New HIV infections among children between 2010 and 2022, the lowest number since the 1980s, the report says.
The report looks at the role of legal and policy frameworks in reducing the AIDS epidemic and points to countries that have removed harmful laws in the past year, such as decriminalizing same-sex relationships.
We hope, but not the relaxed optimism that can come if all is as it should be. Rather, it is hope based on seeing the possibility of success, it is an opportunity based on action,” Bainima said. “The facts and figures shared in this report do not show that as a world we are on track, they show that we can be. The road is clear.”
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