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HH’s message marking World AIDS Day

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United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema says as the universe commemorates World AIDS Day it is important to remain guided that HIV has not gone away.

He added that as the focus this year has moved to controlling the spread of COVID-19, which has ravaged the world, the universe is in danger of losing out on the progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the last 32 years.

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS related conditions or other conditions associated with HIV.

UNAIDS’s theme for World AIDS Day 2020 is Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility. UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The focus of UNAIDS is on stopping new HIV infections, ensuring that everyone living with HIV has access to HIV treatment, protecting and promoting human rights and producing data for decision-making.

Hichilema said this year’s theme reminds us that we will need to be resilient in order to combat two pandemics.

“While we reflect on the loved ones we’ve lost to HIV and AIDS-related illnesses, let us remember the medical staff and organizations that care for people living with HIV.

“These healthcare workers have worked selflessly and tirelessly to continue providing vital services despite disruptions to services which have limited access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment,” he said.

He added that despite the progress made, HIV remains prevalent and disproportionately affects women and girls.

“A re-think in strategy is key as new innovative ways are devised to combat the two pandemics, while ensuring that gains made against HIV are safeguarded,” he said.

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