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Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted HIV targets – UN

The United Nations has issued ten key recommendations to ending the AIDS pandemic as a public health challenge by the year 2030,saying that Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted HIV targets.

According to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in the new report submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/266, “It is imperative to break out of an increasingly costly and unsustainable cycle of achieving some progress against HIV but ultimately not enough to bring about an end to the pandemic.

He said Inequalities are the key reason why the 2020 global targets were missed. By ending inequalities, transformative outcomes can be achieved for people living with HIV, communities and countries.”

The 2019 Data presents 1.7 million new HIV infections which is three times higher than the 2020 target of less than 500,000 new infections.

In addition, the 2020 target of reducing AIDS-related deaths to a fewer than 500,000 a year was exceeded by the 690,000 AIDS-related deaths of 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the HIV targets and shifted the public health attention to itself, however this should be seen as an opportunity for countries to strengthen their pandemic preparedness and responses.

The report details successes and lessons from five years of Fast –track; the lessons from the countries, cities and communities that successfully fast-tracked their HIV responses over the last five years, how the 2025 targets can be achieved, the integration of HIV in systems for health and social protection and ending inequalities accelerate transformative progress for people living with HIV, communities and countries.

The set of 10 recommendations to get the world back on track to end the HIV epidemic include: addressing inequalities, prioritizing HIV testing and treatment targets to ensure that 95% of people, including children have access to HIV prevention services, enhancing global solidarity to increase annual HIV investments in low- and middle-income countries.

 

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