The progress is slowing down in reducing new HIV infections, reducing the number of AIDS-related deaths and expanding access to treatment, the UNAIDS acting chief said on Tuesday.
"We imagine AIDS came to an end, but this is not the case. In 2018, we still see an increase in new infections and some 770,000 AIDS-related deaths. Completed and compliant, and keeping in mind that the epidemic is over. The progress we have made in the world, "said Gunilla Carlsson, acting executive director of UNAIDS, at a press conference United Nations headquarters.
According to her, the fight against HIV / AIDS is in an "uncertain moment" when some countries make impressive progress, while others experience an increase in HIV infection and death related to AIDS, particularly in Europe. East Asia, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa.
Some 23.3 million people around the world have access to antiretroviral therapy, which allows them to flourish for their full potential, said Ms. Carlsson, noting that about 15 million people are still waiting for half of the children who need it.
Increasingly, for the first time the global resources available for the fight against AIDS have decreased significantly.
"Added to this, in 2018, the available resources have fallen by nearly $ 1 billion, which is a funding deficit of $ 7 billion to date," said Carlsson.
"The investments need to be accelerated because we know what makes the difference: Put the communities at the heart of the response, responding to those who are really at risk," she said.
"The world is far from achieving this goal to reduce the number of infections to 500,000 by 2020. These infections should be reduced by 70% over the next 18 months, a thing that has never been done before." Warned Mrs. Carlsson, stressing the need for growing political leadership.
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