End inequalities, global call on WAD 2021
In a press release days before the 2021 World AIDS Day, the UNAIDS issued a challenge to leaders everywhere to respond to the urgent need of ending inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics. "Without bold action against inequalities, the world risks missing the targets to end AIDS by 2030, as well as a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and a spiraling social and economic crisis," according to the UNAIDS website.
With the statement, UNAIDS also launched Unequal, Unprepared, Under Threat, a special report that addresses five elements from the Global AIDS Strategy that must be urgently universalized:
Community-led and community-based infrastructure;
Equitable access to medicines, vaccines and health technologies;
Supporting workers on the pandemic frontlines;
Human rights at the center of pandemic responses; and
People-centered data systems that highlight inequalities.
UNAIDS executive director Winnie Byanyima emphasized, "Ending inequalities to end AIDS is a political choice that requires bold policy reforms and requires money. We have reached a fork in the road. The choice for leaders to make is between bold action and half-measures."
TLF Share had the opportunity to dialogue with the Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General during her official virtual visit to the Philippines last May.
TLF Share will air its 2021 WAD message in social media on December 1. A national partnership forum is also slated on December 9.
From its Facebook page, the Philippine National AIDS Council uploaded the country's 2021 WAD theme: "Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone's Voice."
(Image Credit: UNAIDS on Trello)