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Asia must improve to reach global HIV/AIDS targets

The focus on Covid-19 threatens to lead to an increased spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases

Asia must improve to reach global HIV/AIDS targets

UNAIDS executive director Winnie Byanyima says decisive action is needed to get the world back on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. (Photo: AFP)

If you need any more insight into the wanton lack of preparedness by almost every nation on earth for a global pandemic that was all too predictably predictable, the United Nations has said that the world will miss its HIV/AIDS 2020 targets.

That the world is falling short of meeting its own disease control hurdles — even ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic — means that global leaders were already falling short of their completely meetable healthcare obligations to their people. So, it’s hardly surprising that if targets for a virus (HIV) that has now been with us for well over four decades have not been met, precautions for a pandemic were not in place.

“Missed targets have resulted in 3.5 million more HIV infections and 820 000 more AIDS-related deaths since 2015 than if the world was on track to meet the 2020 targets. In addition, the response could be set back further, by 10 years or more, if the Covid-19 pandemic results in severe disruptions to HIV services,” UNAIDS said on the release of its July 2 annual report

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