Aidsfonds welcomes the new UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy

Aidsfonds welcomes the new UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy

Aidsfonds welcomes the new UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy and its focus on empowering communities to end inequalities


The past year has been difficult for communities around the world, with inequalities that drive the HIV epidemic, including violation of human rights, stigma and discrimination, increasing under the pressure of restrictive policies and laws. Such inequalities have further been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has produced an unprecedented crisis intersecting with and exacerbating the global HIV epidemic. 
 

The adoption this 25th of March, 2021, of the Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026 “End Inequalities, End AIDS” by the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) sends a much-needed signal of hope to communities and countries most left behind in the AIDS response. 
 

Forty years into the AIDS response, 159 countries have at least one discriminatory or punitive law hampering the HIV response, while many still criminalise people living with HIV and key populations. AIDS-related illnesses remain among the leading causes of death among girls and young women, fuelled by gender inequality, unequal access to education, and sexual and gender-based violence.
 

The new Global AIDS Strategy has at its heart the fight against these entrenched inequalities, affecting hardest communities most at risk of HIV/AIDS, including men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, girls and young women. Its priorities and targets for children and adolescents living with HIV represent a huge step forward to honour the commitment to end AIDS for the next generation.
 

The Strategy´s focus on supporting community-, key population-and women-led interventions, while addressing punitive legal and policy environments and supporting people-centred health systems and social protection schemes, represents a transformative shift able to put the world back on track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. 
 

For this vision to become a reality, it will require strong political leadership, partnerships and collaboration from all stakeholders in the AIDS response. The upcoming United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in June 2021 provides a unique opportunity to take forward the blueprint of the Global AIDS Strategy. 
 

Ending AIDS by 2030 will require world leaders to agree on bold actions and targets to address underlying inequalities, while renewing the political and financial commitment to an effective AIDS response. 
 

Aidsfonds will play its part in mobilising communities to meaningfully engage in the process of the High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, advocate their leaders to recommit to a fully funded and efficient AIDS response and hold them to account to achieve the 2030 goal. 

End Inequalities. End AIDS. Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026

"End Inequalities. End AIDS. Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 is a bold new approach to use an inequalities lens to close the gaps that are preventing progress towards ending AIDS. The Global AIDS Strategy aims to reduce these inequalities that drive the AIDS epidemic and prioritize people who are not yet accessing life-saving HIV services. The Strategy sets out evidence-based priority actions and bold targets to get every country and every community on-track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030." Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director UNAIDS 

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