World Health Organization to commemorate the World AIDS Day this year choose to focus the on everybody live counts through the theme “Right to health”.  Therefore, all 36.7 million people living with HIV shall have the chance to benefit under the universal health coverage framework of programs of care, also approved and embedded within the Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, WHO is promoting access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines, as well as health care services for all people in need, while also ensuring that they are protected against financial risks.

More than 35 million people globally so far have been infected with HIV and with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected in 2016 makes the disease to be a major global public health threat.

54% of adults and 43% of children living with HIV are currently receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART), thus the figures indicate there is still space for improvement.

AIDS has no cure yet.  Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus and help prevent transmission so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy healthy, long and productive lives.

The SEEHN Member States are strongly committed to end AIDS epidemic and have translated into their country programs the principles of the Global health sector strategy on HIV, 2016-2021.

SEEHN is fully supporting the WHO slogan – Everybody counts and advocates through its CHISNAU Pledge to make it happen!

References:

  1. World AIDS Day 2017: Everybody counts– (http://www.who.int/campaigns/aids-day/2017/event/en/)
  2. World AIDS Day– (https:www.worldaidsday.org/campaign/lets-end-it)
  3. UNAIDS launches 2017 World AIDS Day campaign—My Health, My Right– (http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2017/november/20171106_myhealth-myright)
  4. World AIDS Day #WAD2017– (https:www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/world-aids-day)
  5. Global health sector strategy on HIV, 2016-2021 – (http://who.int/hiv/strategy2016-2021/ghss-hiv/en/)





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