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Target 2030: Ending AIDS as part of the SDGs

Published on: 1:06 pm - Monday | June 13, 2016

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The UN has committed to implementing a bold agenda to end the HIV-AIDS epidemic by 2030 during its General Assembly’s high-level meeting on ending the disease that ended in New York on Friday.

The ‘progressive, new and actionable’ Political Declaration includes a set of specific, time-bound targets and actions that must be achieved by 2020 if the world is to get on the ‘fast-track’ and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The high-level meeting styled ‘Ending AIDS’ was convened by the President of the General Assembly and co-facilitated by Switzerland and Zambia, according to UNAIDS press statement issued from New York.

Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Planning, Syed Monjurul Islam in his statement said the government of Bangladesh remains committed to end AIDS in Bangladesh by 2030 as part of its overall commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We need to scale up case detection through mixed models for community based and provider initiated HIV testing and service integration; ensure universal access to anti-retroviral therapy; integrate prevention services with existing infrastructures to address co-infections,” he said.

The number of people infected with HIV in the country stands at 4143 till November, 2015, according to government data. Fortunately, the country has not faced the brunt of the deadly disease, that has ravaged populations in some African, according to a news agency. -bz

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