Global Health Leaders Reflect on Progress, Challenges in Global HIV/AIDS Fight
December 2, 2010
While marking gains made in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, International AIDS Society (IAS) President Elly Katabira warned against HIV/AIDS complacency, VOA News reports. "Particularly, I'm concerned that some people are beginning to take it light(ly)," Katabira said. "For example, thinking that since drugs are available, therefore the disease is treatable. ... And also I know, particularly in countries where the epidemic is a major issue, the contribution for funding for access to care is not as what we would want it to be," he added.
Katabira also warned that more funding is needed for global HIV/AIDS programs: Some "people believe that AIDS has received already enough money and therefore they don't need any more. We need to change that and keep reminding them that, yes, the battle is not yet over," he said. Katabira noted that he hoped 2011 would see "more commitment for accelerated access to HIV care" and changes to legislation in some countries that drive high-risk populations underground (DeCapua, 12/1).
"Our common goal is clear: universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. We must also work to make the AIDS response sustainable," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement, U.N. News Centre writes. "Three decades into this crisis, let us set our sights on achieving the 'three zeros' -- zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths," Ban added.
"There is no room for complacency, and we must do more and better to ultimately reverse the epidemic," President of the U.N. General Assembly Joseph Deiss said. "This is a clear message for the United Nations General Assembly, when world leaders will gather in June 2011 to review progress made in fighting the epidemic and in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010." U.N. News Centre includes quotes from WHO Secretary-General Margaret Chan, Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe and Director of WHO's HIV/AIDS Department Gottfried Hirnschall (12/1).
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