Russia moving "from despair to hope" in fight against HIV/AIDS

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UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé (left) and the President of the Russian Olympic Committee and First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma, Alexander Zhukov (right), signed an agreement to join forces to accelerate the global goal of ending the AIDS epidemic. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the fifth Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference, being held in Moscow, Russian Federation. Photo: UNAIDS

Russia is moving "from despair to hope" in its efforts to address HIV/AIDS, a senior UN official has said.

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, was recently in Moscow for the 5th Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference.

The meeting focused on the urgent measures the region must take to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNAIDS estimated that at the end of 2014, some 1.5 million people there were living with HIV; more than 70 per cent of them in the Russian Federation.

Dianne Penn reports.

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