WORLD AIDS DAY 2020

WORLD AIDS DAY 2020: Global solidarity, shared responsibility”.

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Fact: 690,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in the past year.

December 1 is every year commemorated as World AIDS Day. Around the world, people unite to support people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS.

WORLD AIDS DAY

This 2020 coronavirus pandemic has shown that no one is safe until everyone is safe. If we want to succeed or develop, then leaving people behind is not an option. To end the colliding pandemics like HIV and COVID-19, we have to eliminate discrimination, put people at the center, and must have gender-responsive approaches. With this point in mind, the World AIDS Day 2020 Theme is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”.

Global solidarity and shared responsibility require the world to come together to ensure that:

Health is fully financed. Domestic and International Governments must come together and funding for health must be increased.

Health systems are strengthened. To strengthen the health system and health care workers, more investments in response to  AIDS must be done.

Human rights are respected. A human rights approach applied everywhere will produce sustainable results for health.

Access is ensured. Life-saving medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics must be considered as public goods and it must be ensured that these goods are easily accessible to everyone.

After considering all these points, now is the moment for bold leadership for equal societies, the right to health for all, and a robust and equitable global recovery to achieve healthier societies.

Information source: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-aids-day

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