Action needed for zero AIDS-related deaths

Despite progress in combating the AIDS epidemic, more needs to be done to eliminate it, according to a new report released by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ban Ki-moon (right)

The report is entitled “Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Speaking at the launch of the report in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Ban said that each day over 7,000 people are newly infected with HIV, including 1,000 children.

The Secretary-General is calling on Member states to meet six clear goals by 2015.

“First, reduce by half the sexual transmission of HIV. Second, provide treatment to 13 million people. Third, eliminate mother-to-child transmission. Fourth, cut by half the number of TB deaths among people living with HIV.”

The Secretary-General also wants social protections for AIDS orphans and to cut by half the number of countries with HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay or residence.

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