World AIDS Day 2015: Come what may, Pandemic must be wiped off

Way Ahead: Innovate > Activate > Measure > Execution – ZERO AIDS

As we enter this World AIDS Day the current picture globally looks very discouraging, it seems that we need lot to do to put an end to this pandemic. If we take a look at the global figures about 36.9 million people are living with HIV including 2.6 million children. An estimated 34 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, including 1.2 million in 2014. Another data presents a very grave picture i.e.the number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years.

While, in sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence, girls account for seven in 10 new infections among those aged 15-19. This is despite widespread availability of HIV testing, only an estimated 51% of people with HIV know their status.

Now, enough is enough time has come to put a complete end to the most dreadful disease AIDS. It is a curse which has affected a very substantial section of people and has spread to every hook and corner of the world. Given the fact that the world has come a long way since 2000 with the single objective and global target of halting the spread of HIV AIDS. But now, its time to act more boldly & aggressively thereby innovating new steps so that World can meet the Sustainable Development Goals target ending the epidemic by 2030. This September, world leaders have already set the ambitious targets to fast track efforts to end AIDS.

Moreover, this year’s theme On the fast track to end AIDS has ignited new hope & opportunity to reunite the people from across the world to fight AIDS and show solidarity to those who have died from this deadly disease. Now, to adopt the fast track approach to end the pandemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals will require robust investment, commitment and innovation to be accelerated.

The Fast-Track approach includes:-

  • Front-loads investments.
  • Focuses on the locations, populations and programmes that deliver the greatest impact.
  • Catalyses innovation for people who need it most.
  • Enrolling local leadership for targeted, sustained, accountable and credible responses.
  • Forging new partnerships and reaching out to the stakeholders.
  • Stands firm on human rights.
  • Launch programmes and events to spread the awareness and educate the masses about the disease to remove the stigma associated with the epidemic.
  • Increase the availability of low cost contraceptives.

It is expected that fast-track approach will change the lives of millions of people around the world. What is required is that we have to streamline our actions and set the attainable targets one by one and give it a deadline to achieve it.

Interestingly, some low and middle-income countries are already fast-tracking national AIDS responses. Countries do best when they make substantial domestic investments, base their HIV health-sector programmes on good data and simplify prevention and treatment programmes. Twelve countries have ensured that 60% or more of all people living with HIV are aware of their HIV infection and receive antiretroviral treatment.

Furthermore, It is also expected from the Civil Society Organisations, NGO’s, Corporates, and Government agencies and other stakeholders to come forward and launch programmes/events to spread awareness about the epidemic. There is a burning need of CSR projects which have a clear cut focus on spreading the awareness & sensitising the masses about the disease.

At last but not the least pioneering countries have proved that the new targets set for ending AIDS are feasible even in resource limited settings. So, if we at all looking forward seriously towards complete eradication of the disease we need to focus on fast track approaches and set the things straight for execution at the grass root level.

By – Media Team



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