To complement the global World AIDS Day 2017 campaign which promotes the theme “Right to health”, the World Health Organization will highlight the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.
Under the slogan “Everybody counts”, WHO will advocate for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines, including medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities as well as health care services for all people in need, while also ensuring that they are protected against financial risks.
Key messages to achieve universal health coverage;
- Leave no one behind.
- HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis services are integrated.
- High-quality services are available for those with HIV.
- People living with HIV have access to affordable care.
- The HIV response is robust and leads to stronger health systems
What you need to know
World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.
From 2011-2015, World AIDS Days had the theme of “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”. The World AIDS Campaign focused on “Zero AIDS related deaths” signifying a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now. It is a call to honour promises like the Abuja declaration and for African governments to at least hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.
End isolation, End stigma, End HIV transmission
You have helped to fight HIV. Now, let’s end it. This World AIDS Day join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV. Let’s grow this success so that it includes everybody at risk, across the world.
Your fight is not just about the virus. Ignorance and discrimination can still limit opportunities in fighting HIV/AIDS, preventing victims from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health.
We need a new burst of energy to end stigma, end HIV transmission and end the isolation experienced by people living with HIV, for good.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro