UNAIDS REPORT: 32 BILLION DOLLARS NEEDED BY THE YEAR 2020 TO END THE HIV EPIDEMIC BY 2030
August 19, 2015
Between 2000 and 2014, new HIV infections fell by 35.5% (to 2 million). New infections among children went down by 58% over the same period. AIDS-related deaths decreased by 41% (to 1.2 million) since peaking in 2004.
“The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
“Ending the AIDS epidemic (…) by 2030 is ambitious but realistic,” he noted. However, “we urgently need to carry out efforts on a larger scale over the next five years”, the UN warns, calling for the investment of close to 32 billion dollars each year by 2020, as against 21.7 billion this year.
To end the epidemic, the UN has set itself intermediate goals for 2020, under the “90-90-90” plan, which seeks to ensure that:
– 90 % of people infected with HIV know their status (as against half at the moment);
– 90 % of people who know their status follow treatment;
– 90 % of those treated have viral suppression (the virus becomes undetectable).
Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) —July 14, 2015