World Health Organization advocates right of women, girls to stop new HIV infections

Kim Cloete A participant in research into HIV infections is tested for the virus

Kim Cloete A participant in research into HIV infections is tested for the virus

Regional Director for Africa, says the rights of women and girls, and gender equality, must be the focus to stop new HIV infections.

AIDS is a life-threatening condition caused by HIV.

It also said that the percentage of children with HIV who are receiving antiretroviral treatment rose from 42 per cent in 2017 in the Caribbean to 44 per cent in 2019.

Affirming the country's notable progress in preventing and treating the disease over the past five years, Li called for greater efforts in the endeavor to reduce the spread.

Globally, Moeti said "there are 38 million people living with HIV and 67 per cent of them are living in the WHO African Region".

He said, "As Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 we have consciously taken steps to ensure that as a country our citizens do the needful to avoid being infected or infecting others with COVID-19 and with two vaccines under trial potentially having more than 90% efficacy, I believe that ultimately there will be " light at the end of the tunnel". "The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our work to ensure that we end AIDS by 2030, has been significant", he said. Those include achieving a number of 95-percent targets by 2025 - 95 percent of women of reproductive age have their HIV, sexual and reproductive health service needs met; 95 percent of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV have suppressed viral loads; 95 percent of HIV-exposed children are tested; and 95 percent of people at risk of HIV infection use appropriate, prioritized, person-centered and effective combination prevention options.

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"The pandemic is making it even more challenging for countries to provide these services, particularly in areas affected by conflicts, disasters, outbreaks and rapid population growth".

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Apple is offering more ways than ever for customers to support (RED)'s fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa while simultaneously protecting those communities from COVID-19.

"Friends, in responding to Covid-19, the world can not make the same mistakes it made in the fight against HIV, when millions in developing countries died waiting for treatment", she wrote in a statement.

To sustain and accelerate the gains made, Moeti urged governments and partners to come together, with the same level of urgency and leadership demonstrated in response to COVID-19, to increase domestic funding and strengthen health systems.

"These extraordinary achievements also appear to be under threat due to COVID-19 and must be protected during this phase of intense response to the pandemic", PAHO warned. World AIDS Day is an annual day of awareness and an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness, according to the National AIDS Trust.

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