UNAIDS chief on global AIDS prevention

Added On July 11, 2020

A recent UN report shows that the world has achieved some success in reducing HIV/AIDS infections, but the task remains challenging. According to the 2020 UNAIDS "Global AIDS Update", major progress has been achieved worldwide in expanding services for HIV treatment since the UN pledged four years ago to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. However, all its global targets for 2020 will be missed, largely due to too few resources invested and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to UN officials, 38 million people live with HIV. More than two-thirds of them are on treatment. Last year, around 690,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses, way above the target of 500,000 set in 2010. And two-thirds of the people infected with HIV live in Africa. UN officials say, to contain the virus, it's crucial to help the continent's most vulnerable---women and girls. SOUNDBITE (English): WINNIE BYANYIMA, UNAIDS Executive Director "This is about addressing those structural barriers, the inequalities that drive girl's and women's high vulnerability, like keeping them in school, like access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, like access to comprehensive sexual education." The UN official also highlighted China's role in supporting Africa's health services, especially in the fight against AIDS. SOUNDBITE (English) WINNIE BYANYIMA, UNAIDS Executive Director "No one is safe until everyone is safe. We need the multilateral system. China is a strong defender of the multilateral system. On the health issue, we continue to enjoy the support of China through the United Nations, and for that, we are grateful."