HIV and AIDS

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.

News in Brief 18 July 2018

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‘Prevention crisis’ is hampering global HIV response, warns head of UNAIDS

Complacency over HIV and AIDS has created a “prevention crisis” that risks destabilizing efforts to reach the key 2020 target of fewer than 500,000 new HIV infections per year, the head of the UN agency in charge of fighting the pandemic warned on Wednesday.

News in Brief 24 May 2018

  • UN chief launches new disarmament agenda to secure ‘our world and our future’
  • HIV/AIDS costing billions in lost earnings, says new UN report
  • UN releases new money to combat escalating humanitarian needs in the Sahel
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‘Bold action’ needed to end tuberculosis, AIDS – UN

Claiming more than 4,500 lives daily, tuberculosis (TB) continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide as well as the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, the United Nations said Friday, ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.

World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’

The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere.

Nearly 21 million people now have access to HIV treatment – UN agency

About 20.9 million people now have access to the antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report by the UN agency leading the global push to end AIDS, spotlighting that this remarkable progress has been made possible by people living with HIV demanding their rights, strong leadership and financial commitment.

Empowering young women to speak for themselves

When it comes to young women’s right to access reproductive health care, “knowledge is power,” according to an activist from Zimbabwe.

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