On World AIDS Day 2020, World Health Organisation highlighted that 68% of adults dwelling with HIV obtained lifelong antiretroviral remedy (ART) in 2019 and whereas the world has made vital progress for the reason that late Nineties, HIV AIDS nonetheless stays a serious global public well being difficulty that faces extra challenges throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In her message, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Winnie Byanyima shared that like all epidemics, it’s widening the inequalities that already existed like gender inequality, racial inequality and social and financial inequalities which is making us turn out to be a more unequal world.
The theme this yr on World AIDS Day is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact” which makes it necessary to extend HIV consciousness and information, communicate out towards HIV stigma and name for an elevated response to maneuver towards ending the HIV epidemic because it contaminated 1,700,000 folks in 2019 whereas 6,90,000 died of HIV-associated causes final yr.
In her motivational speech on World AIDS Day 2020, Byanyima stated, “It is the strength within communities, inspired by a shared responsibility to each other, that has contributed in great part to our victories over HIV. Today, we need that strength more than ever to beat the colliding epidemics of HIV and Covid-19. Friends, in responding to Covid-19, the world cannot make the same mistakes it made in the fight against HIV, when millions in developing countries died waiting for treatment.”
Since more than 12 million persons are nonetheless ready to get on HIV remedy even right now, Byanyima identified that global problems need global solidarity. “Our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic was already off track before Covid-19. We must put people first to get the AIDS response back on track. We must end the social injustices that put people at risk of contracting HIV. And we must fight for the right to health. There is no excuse for governments to not invest fully for universal access to health. Barriers such as up-front user fees that lock people out of health must come down,” she stated.
Byanyima concluded, “Women and girls must have their human rights fully respected, and the criminalization and marginalization of gay men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs must stop. As we approach the end of 2020, the world is in a dangerous place and the months ahead will not be easy. Only global solidarity and shared responsibility will help us beat the coronavirus, end the AIDS epidemic and guarantee the right to health for all.”