Byanyima urges all leaders to follow suit, emphasizing that successful HIV responses require strong political leadership, adherence to scientific evidence, efforts to address inequalities, adequate funding, and support for communities and civil society organizations playing vital roles in the response.
The report highlights that countries and regions that invest financially in reducing HIV infections have made significant progress. For instance, Eastern and Southern Africa has witnessed a 57% decline in infections since 2010. However, the report notes a decline in HIV funding from international and domestic sources in 2022, with a total of $20.8 billion allocated, falling short of the $29.9 billion needed by 2025.
Furthermore, the report underscores the positive outcomes resulting from investments in combating AIDS in children. It reveals that 82% of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV worldwide were able to access antiretroviral treatment in 2022, up from 46% in 2010. Consequently, new HIV infections in children reduced by 57% from 2010 to 2022, reaching the lowest level since the 1980s.
The report also addresses the role of legal and policy frameworks in curbing the AIDS epidemic, highlighting countries that have recently repealed harmful laws, such as decriminalizing same-sex relations.
Byanyima expresses a hopeful outlook, emphasizing that while the world is not yet on the path to ending AIDS, the report reveals an opportunity for success that hinges on taking action. The facts and figures presented in the report demonstrate that the path is feasible and clear, inspiring a cautious but determined hope.
- Achieving the 95 95 95 targets for all: A pathway to ending AIDS – (https:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9352102/)
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