UN’s AIDS End Goal

UN’s AIDS End Goal

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that ending the AIDS scourge by 2030 remains an attainable goal.

Empowering Communities and Services

Achieving this goal, according to the UN, hinges on providing the necessary resources to communities and services on the ground.

UNAIDS Report Highlights Challenges

The UNAIDS agency, in its annual World AIDS Day Report, emphasizes that community-led responses are often unrecognized, under-resourced, and, in certain instances, under attack.

Active Hope Amidst Challenges

Quoting AFP, the report conveys an optimistic message: “The world is not currently on track to end AIDS as a public health threat, but it can get on track.”

UN’s 2015 Target and Current Situation

The UN initially set the target of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 in 2015.

Global HIV Statistics

Globally, there are 39 million people living with HIV, with 20.8 million in eastern and southern Africa and 6.5 million in Asia and the Pacific. Alarmingly, 9.2 million of the total do not have access to life-saving treatment.

Impact of Harmful Laws and Policies

UNAIDS underscores that harmful laws and policies towards key populations, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and drug users, pose threats to communities providing HIV services.

Need for Full Support

The agency advocates for full support from governments and donors to empower frontline community-based organizations and ultimately end the AIDS pandemic.

UN Seeks Child Climate

Funding Shortfalls

In 2022, HIV programs in low- and middle-income countries had $20.8 billion, falling short of the $29.3 billion needed by 2025.

Decreasing Treatment Costs

The annual cost of treatment has significantly reduced, from $25,000 per person in 1995 to less than $70 in many countries most affected by HIV today.

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