WORLD AIDS DAY 2015
On the Fast-track to end AIDS
At the occasion of the Worlds AIDS day, ADNE calls for more efforts and international solidarity to catch up on the Zero AIDS Target
The HIV epidemic continues to create burdens for millions of individuals, families and communities in the world. On this life-changing day, ADNE notes the efforts that have gone towards achieving healthy communities.
ADNE commends all the efforts made by the UNAIDS, the EU, African Countries and the global developing world that have made it possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (6) of reversing the HIV epidemic by 2015.
ADNE acknowledges that the stigma and silence walls on HIV/AIDS are weakening but more needs to be done. It is on this note that we, members of African diaspora, are hopeful that HIV/AIDS eradication is possible, through inclusive collaboration.
Now, as the world is boarding on a Fast-Track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, ADNE calls more deliberate, accurate measures by States and all international actors to support the 2015 theme of “Fast-Track to end HIV/AIDS.
The journey has been too long; three decades of the most threat to the health cannot leave us unscathed. 2015 was the target year for reaching the goal of Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths. Even though a remarkable work has been done, according to the UNAIDS, of the 36.9 million people living with HIV globally 17.1 million do not know they have the virus and need to be reached with HIV testing services, and around 22 million do not have access to HIV treatment, including 1.8 million children.
AIDS is therefore an unfinished business. More actions are still needed in the area of prevention, access to testing, and antiretroviral therapy (ART). Guaranteeing access to ART for all people living with HIV is fundamental to ending the AIDS epidemic.
The 2030 target is an ambitious and robust agenda. It is an opportunity for the developed and developing countries to work hand in hand to make HIV/AIDS history.
Meeting this target will strongly depend on the level solidarity between South and North, the effectiveness of national actions and inclusiveness and wider involvement of all actors including civil society, private sector and diaspora communities.
UNAIDS estimates that US$ 31.1 billion will be required for the AIDS response in 2020, with US$ 29.3 billion required in 2030. Hence, innovative financing mechanisms including the use of the Diaspora remittances and the contribution of the Private Sector constitute one avenue worth exploring to meet this major challenge.
2015 theme pushes for results that leave no one behind. It requires human rights-oriented policies and responsible actions from all of us.
The Diaspora are key partners in ensuring no one is left behind through new and innovative partnerships, which would include knowledge transfer, technology transfer, health diplomacy, partners in strengthening health systems and institutions.
In Africa a large number of youth continue to succumb to the scourge, we cannot afford to lose more youth who are future of Africa.
"It is a defining moment because we can not to keep AIDS isolation we need to make sure that AIDS is about social justice, we need to make sur that AIDS is about global health, we need to make sure AIDS is about maternal health and child health ."
UNAIDS Executive Director
World Aids Day 2015
 AIDS by the numbers: http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/AIDS_by_the_numbers_2015_en.pdf