HIV and AIDS

Human rights are the ‘means by which governments can successfully beat pandemics’, says UNAIDS chief

Some of the world’s most marginalized and defenseless communities have fallen victim to violence and other rights abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the UN agency dedicated to tackling the AIDS virus to urge Governments to protect the most vulnerable, particularly key populations at higher risk of HIV. 

News in Brief 24 June 2020

  • Time to ‘grow back better’ from e-car revolution
  • World risks being ‘blown off course’ by COVID-19, warns UNAIDS chief
  • Stranded migrant workers need protection, say UN labour experts (ILO)
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News in Brief 22 June 2020

  • Yemen escalation is misguided as people continue to suffer, says UN negotiator
  • Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages in two months
  • COVID-19 has hit small and medium-sized enterprises worst, says UN trade agency
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Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages, within next two months

Stocks of medication for HIV patients could run out in the next two months, because of higher costs linked to lockdowns and COVID-19 border closures, UNAIDS said on Monday.

Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy.

Empowering people living with HIV ‘will end the epidemic’, says AIDS agency chief

When people living with HIV actively participate in their own care, new infections decline and more affected people access treatment, according to a new report launched on Tuesday by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency leading the fight against the disease.

Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among poor, marginalised: UN health agency

A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease.

Winnie Byanyima ‘honoured to be joining UNAIDS’ as next Executive Director

The UN programme dedicated to the elimination of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, has warmly welcomed the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director.

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows

Average life-expectancy globally has increased by five-and-a-half years since the turn of the century, and women outlive men “everywhere”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief

As HIV infections continue to rise, UNAIDS — the UN agency leading the global effort to end the public health threat posed by the virus — called on Tuesday for countries to boost prevention measures and continue facilitating access to treatment.