Tanmiah lists on Saudi Exchange after heavily oversubscribed IPO Investors show high level of confidence in leading Saudi food producer    Pakistan PM commends Bahraini king's strong support of Arab, Islamic causes Khan vows support for efforts to enhance security and stability in Arab world    MWL hosts historic gathering of Iraqi Islamic scholars in Makkah    Saudi and UAE chiefs of staff review IMCTC's counterterrorism efforts    Minister of communications explores areas of cooperation with UNESCO, OECD officials    Arab Coalition intercepts armed Houthi drone targeting Khamis Mushait    Turkish power plant 'at risk of being destroyed' by wildfires    Fully vaccinated three times less likely to be infected with COVID-19: UK study    No quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers from France as UK eases travel restrictions Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, India move to amber list    Dumat Al-Jandal wind farm turbine trial run begins    Transshipment containers at Saudi Ports increased 24% in H1 of 2021    Riyadh Theater Forum stages 'Wishes, holds symposium    CITC unveils gaming performance of Saudi Arabia's telecom service providers in Q2 2021    Al Burj, Chinar, CSG, Kashmir Stags cruise to comfortable wins in Kanoo League    Qualifying rounds for Women's Volleyball tournament to kick off on Thursday    Olympic athletes describe the power of sport to change the world    Qatar wins first Olympic gold    National Gallery of Australia to return $2.2m of 'stolen' artworks to India    Progress on tobacco fight, but new nicotine products pose increasing threat    KAMC in Makkah performs 6th artificial heart transplant surgery    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    Tabuk sculptor spends 8 years in carving entire Holy Qur'an on 30 marble slabs    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Yusuf Khan is dead, long live Dilip Kumar    Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, 98, passes away, and with him an era    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    Bollywood star Aamir and wife Kiran separate after 15 years    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Step up HIV fight, to end AIDS 'epidemic of inequalities' by 2030
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 09 - 06 - 2021

Although the world has made "great strides" since the first case of AIDS was reported, four decades ago, the UN General Assembly president said on Tuesday that the "tragic reality" is that the most vulnerable remain in jeopardy.
"They are at greatest risk of being left behind as AIDS remains not just a health issue, but a broader development challenge," said Volkan Bozkir, kicking off a three-day high-level meeting on the continuing epidemic.
The road well-traveled
While acknowledging that AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 61 percent since the peak in 2004, Bozkir warned that under-investment has caused many countries to "fall short of the global targets set out five years ago," to fast-track the international response.
Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and humanitarian emergencies have impeded progress as health systems are under immense strain, and critical services and supply chains are disrupted.
And climate-based disasters, prevalent in areas with a high HIV burden, pose additional risks to the most vulnerable, triggering stigma and discrimination and further isolating those already marginalized.
"Put simply: AIDS is an epidemic of inequalities," he spelled out. "If we are to end AIDS by 2030, we must end inequalities."
Girls in HIV crosshairs
Meeting with world leaders, decision-makers, frontline workers and others, the Assembly chief` pointed to the Decade of Action, saying, "if we are to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, all member states must re-commit to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030".
"Ending AIDS is both a prerequisite and a result of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he said.
Last year women and girls accounted for half of those newly infected with HIV globally. And six out of every seven new HIV infections among those between the ages of 15-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, were girls, he added.
"This is unacceptable", he stated, stressing that every female must be free to exercise her human rights, make her own decisions and be treated with dignity and respect.
Calling quality education "the foundation for a society where women feel safe to take their rightful place in the workplace, public life, politics and decision-making", Bozkir said girls needed equal access to the classroom.
Galvanize efforts
As the world stands firm in galvanizing action to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly president said that "now" is the time to "re-commit to our 2030 targets and accelerate our efforts to end AIDS by 2030".
He urged the participants to listen to the voices of those affected, health workers and the epidemiologists "who have been ringing the alarm" and to take "urgent action" for equal access to treatment to prevent the 12 million people, who are now living with HIV, from dying of AIDS-related causes
Resurgence in the balance
Warning that infection rates are not following the once-promised trajectory, UNAIDS chief Winnie Byanyima said: "AIDS is not over."
"An AIDS death every minute is an emergency!", she stressed, cautioning that amidst the fall-out from the COVID crisis, "we could even see a resurgent pandemic", urging participants to unblock roads to a cure and end inequalities "that kill".
This requires "bold shifts", including dramatically better access to good medical services. "Science moves at the speed of political will," she reminded.
Don't let up
Byanyima called for an end to fees surrounding debt restructuring, arguing wealthier governments should "step up not step back" on healthcare funding for low and middle-income States.
"Keep the fight on, pressure of the power of people is key to ending inequalities and ending AIDS", she said, maintaining that justice comes primarily through the "tireless efforts" of those who insist on it.
End 'intersecting injustices'
Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed lauded those standing up for human dignity. Recalling that crises, such as pandemics, threaten to bring out the worst in people, she said that pandemics "thrive in, and widen, the fault lines and fractures of society".
She also highlighted the need for predictable funding for preventive education and/or medical and psychological care. "To end AIDS, we need to end the intersecting injustices that drive new HIV infections and prevent people from accessing services," she said.
'Stop blaming, shaming'
UN Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron agreed that "vulnerable and key populations" most likely to become HIV-positive are least likely to have access to the services they need to survive, which she said, "doesn't happen by accident...[but] by design".
"We need to stop blaming, shaming and discriminating against people in need and start creating the enabling environments that provide real help and hope", she said pushing for accessible "prevention, treatment and support services...for the most vulnerable". — UN News

Clic here to read the story from its source.