World Aids Day, 1st December 2020
Today commemorates World Aids Day, one of the most widely recognised international health days. It provides the opportunity to continue raising awareness, to commemorate those who have died, and highlight on-going victories (such as increased access to HIV/Aids treatment and prevention services).
Having achieved the global target of halting and reversing the spread of HIV, world leaders have set a new target to “End AIDS by 2030”.
This year, Covid-19 has demonstrated the impact of pandemics on health and livelihoods, once again highlighting how health is interlinked with other critical issues (including human rights, gender equality, social protection and economic growth). In view of this, the United Nations has set the theme for World Aids Day as “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”.
No one is safe until everyone is safe.
Global solidarity and shared responsibility requires the collaboartion of countries and communities to ensure that:
- Health is fully financed.
- Health systems are strengthened, and healthcare workers protected.
- Access is ensured.
- Human rights are respected.
- The rights of women/ girls, and gender equality, are at the centre of key decisions.
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