At the United Nations, General Assembly’s yearly review, Ms Amina Mohammed, Deputy UN Secretary-General, has warned the global community that the AIDS disease was still far from over, saying more than 36.7 million people are living with HIV globally.
It was disclosed to all delegations at the General Assembly’s annual review of the Secretary-General’s report, this year calling for a reinvigorated global response to HIV/AIDS, that tackling it required a life-cycle approach based on community-level solutions.
Based on the report form Ms. Amina Mohammed, global optimism has fuelled a major push to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the highest ambition within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She further states as follows:
“I am happy to report that, today, more babies than ever are being born free from HIV. Now we need to do a better job of reaching young women and adolescent girls.
“This is particularly true for sub-Saharan Africa, where adolescent girls account for three out of four new HIV infections among 15 to 19-year-olds,” she said.
“Achieving our aims on AIDS is interlinked and embedded within the broader 2030 Agenda. Both are grounded in equity, human rights and a promise to leave no one behind,” Mohammed added.
“While more than 18 million are now on life-saving treatment, this is just half of those who need it, and there is no decline in the number of new infections each year.
“People living with HIV who are on treatment can now expect the same life expectancy as someone who is not infected.”
Also at the meeting, Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, disclosed by saying that while major advancements have been made, the scale of shortcomings remained deeply concerning.
“Some 1,800 young people a day are being newly infected with the virus, with young women at particular risk.
“A blunt assessment would say that to date our achievements have been mixed,” Thomson said.
“Adequate funding remains critical to meet the objectives, he added, emphasizing the need to close the seven billion dollars funding gap for the global AIDS response.
Peter Thomson further enunciates that ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 required a comprehensive and inclusive approach that also targets education, information and services to people living with HIV and to those at risk.
That key populations, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, transgender people, and men who have sex with men, remain at much higher risk of HIV infection.
Sometimes in 2016, the UN political declaration on ending AIDS set the world on a fast-track to stamp out the epidemic by 2030.
Based on the report highlighted, that with less than four years to go, progress on reducing new HIV infections among adults had stalled.