TOKYO / GENEVA, 26 November 2020—Unaids and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) in Japan working together to end AIDS in Japan. The two organizations today signed a memorandum of understanding to spread the response to HIV and sexually transmitted infections before and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to promote the fast-track cities initiative to end AIDS by 2030.
“This new partnership further strengthens the long-standing cooperation between UNAIDS and Japan,” said Winnie Bianima, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “The strong leadership and commitment to Japan in Japan at a time when the world is fighting COVID-19 is very commendable and we look forward to working closely to respond to the colliding pandemics of HIV and COVID-19.”
Japan has long been engaged in the global AIDS response. In 2000, Japan introduced infectious diseases on the agenda of the Group of Eight Summits in Okinawa, paving the way for the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Japan remains a strong supporter of the Global Fund and is one of the leading donors.
“This partnership will enable communities and health-care providers to work together in response to HIV, sexually transmitted infections and COVID-19,” said Shinichi Oka, director of the AIDS clinic’s AIDS Clinic.
Through this Memorandum of Understanding, UNAIDS and NCGM will promote HIV awareness, including HIV prevention, during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, due to open in Tokyo in July 2021. The Games, which usually draw millions of people, were scheduled To take place in 2020 but were postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.
UNAIDS and NCGM will also work together to promote the Fast-Track Cities Initiative, which supports cities and municipalities to take transformative steps to ensure equal access to HIV services and to reduce stigma and discrimination.
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