The world marks AIDS Day today.
World AIDS Day is marked annually on the first of December.
The theme for the 2021 observance is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice”.
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988.
Each year, organisations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavour to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward Ending the HIV Epidemic.
The World Health Organisation says HIV remains a major public health issue that affects millions of people worldwide.
Today the WHO is is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally to confront the inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach people who are currently not receiving essential HIV services.
The United Nations says forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported, HIV still threatens the world. and the world is off track from delivering on the shared commitment to end AIDS by 2030 not because of a lack of knowledge or tools to beat AIDS, but because of structural inequalities that obstruct proven solutions to HIV prevention and treatment.
The UN said economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities must be ended as a matter of urgency if we are to end AIDS by 2030.
The UN called for governments to move from commitment to action, to promote inclusive social and economic growth, eliminate discriminatory laws, policies and practices in order to ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities.