1 December 2019
VIENNA, 1 December (UN Information Service) – The world is engaged in a race against time to end AIDS by 2030. With only a decade to go, on this World AIDS Day we must take stock and spotlight solutions, while remembering the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses.
global action has made headway. New HIV infections have declined by 16 per cent
since 2010. But progress has been unequal and many are being left behind.
populations, including people who inject drugs and people in prisons, as well
as their sexual partners, accounted for 54 per cent of new HIV infections last
year. The 2019 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and
Crime (UNODC) shows that 1.4 million people who inject drugs are living with
HIV. People in prisons are five times more likely to be living with HIV than
adults in the general population.
People who use
drugs and people in prisons also lack access to HIV prevention, diagnosis and
treatment services. Discrimination and stigma play their part.
networks can help bridge the gaps in prevention and treatment. This year’s
World AIDS Day theme, “Communities make the difference”, recognizes the
essential role played by community organizations, led by those they serve, in
the AIDS response.
closely with countries and within the framework of the UNAIDS Joint Programme,
UNODC facilitates meaningful engagement of civil society and community-based
organizations in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of
HIV programmes for people who inject drugs and people in prisons. In doing so,
UNODC promotes health for all, human rights and gender-responsive
equality of access to evidence-based HIV services requires law enforcement and
justice agencies, prison administrations, community organizations and civil
society, as well as the health and social sectors, to work hand in hand.
Through its integrated approach, UNODC assists countries in bringing together
these different stakeholders to better deliver for key populations.
On World AIDS
Day, UNODC joins the powerful global call to support the work of communities to
end AIDS and make services available for all those who need them.