Today is World AIDS Day

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A new World AIDS Day report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), shows that unprecedented acceleration in the AIDS response is producing results for people. The report shows that a more than 50% reduction in the rate of new HIV infections has been achieved across 25 low- and middle-income countries––more than half in Africa, the region most affected by HIV.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe talks about the encouraging results in this message on the occasion of World AIDS Day.

To the millions who have come to gather with compassion and determination on this World AIDS Day we say your blood, sweat and tears are changing the world.  We have moved from despair to hope, far fewer people are dying from AIDS.  Twenty-five countries have reduced new infections by more than 50%.  I want these results in every country.  The phase of progress is quickening.  It is unprecedented.  What used to take a decade is now being achieved in just 24 months.  Now that we know rapid and massive scale-up of HIV programme is possible, we need to do more.  Friends, we only have a thousand days left before the deadline of the 2015 AIDS targets.  So today on World AIDS Day let us renew our commitment to getting to zero – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths.”

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  2’08″

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