“They are more likely to be left behind because AIDS is still not just a health problem, but a broader development challenge,” he said. Volkan Bozkirstart three days high-level meeting on the ongoing epidemic.
The road traveled well
While acknowledging that AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 61 per cent since the peak in 2004, Mr. Bozkir warned that underinvestment has caused “many countries to fail to meet global targets set five years ago”, quickly. International response tracking.
Moreover, the COVID-19 Pandemics, conflict and humanitarian emergencies have hampered progress as health systems are under tremendous strain, and vital services and supply chains are disrupted.
Climate-induced disasters, prevalent in regions with a high HIV burden, pose additional risks to the most vulnerable, leading to stigma and discrimination and further isolating those already marginalized.
“Put simply: AIDS is an epidemic of inequality,” he explained. “If we are to eliminate AIDS by 2030, we must end inequality.”
Girls in the crosshairs of HIV
Meeting with world leaders, decision-makers, front-line workers and others, the association president referred to رئيس work contract, saying, “If we want to deliver 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentAll Member States must recommit to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.”
Last year, women and girls made up half of all new HIV infections globally. He added that six out of seven new HIV infections among those aged 15-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, were girls.
“This is unacceptable,” he said, stressing that every female should be free to exercise her human rights, make her own decisions and be treated with dignity and respect.
Describing quality education as “the foundation for a society in which women feel safe to take their rightful place in the workplace, public life, politics and decision-making”, Mr. Bozkir said, girls need equal access to the classroom.
As the world stands firm in galvanizing action to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the association president said “now” is the time to “recommit to our 2030 goals and accelerate our efforts to eliminate AIDS by 2030.”
He urged participants to listen to the voices of those affected, health workers and epidemiologists “who sounded the alarm” and to take “urgent action” for equal access to treatment to prevent the 12 million people, now living with HIV, from dying of AIDS-related causes.
Warning that infection rates are not following the promised path, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS “AIDS isn’t over yet,” said Winnie Byanyima, president.
She stressed that “every minute AIDS dies is an emergency!” She warned that in the midst of the fallout from the COVID crisis, “we could even witness a pandemic,” and urged participants to open up ways to treat and end inequality that is “killing.”
This requires “bold transformations”, including dramatically better access to quality medical services.
She stated that “science moves at the speed of political will.”
Do not give up
Ms Byanyima called for an end to the fees surrounding debt restructuring, saying wealthier governments should “step up, not step back” in healthcare financing for low- and middle-income countries.
“Keep on fighting, pressure on people’s power is the key to ending inequalities and ending AIDS,” she said, stressing that justice comes first through the “tireless efforts” of those who insist.
Ending “intersecting grievances”
Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Muhammad praised those who defend human dignity. Recalling that crises, like epidemics, threaten to bring out the worst in people, she said that epidemics “thriving and widening fault lines and divisions in society.”
It also highlighted the need for predictable funding for preventive education and/or medical and psychological care.
“To end AIDS, we need to end the intersecting grievances that lead to new HIV infections and prevent people from accessing services,” she said.
‘Stop blaming and defaming’
Charlize Theron, the UN Messenger of Peace, agreed that “key and vulnerable populations” who are most likely to contract HIV are least likely to access the services they need to survive, which she said, “It does not happen by accident.” …[but] Who are you designing?
“We need to stop blaming, shaming, and discriminating against people in need and start creating enabling environments that provide real help and hope,” she said, as she pushed for “accessible prevention, treatment and support services…for the most vulnerable.”