President of UN General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozkir says although the world has made “great strides” since the first case of AIDS was reported four decades ago, the “tragic reality” is that the most vulnerable remain in jeopardy.
Bozkir, at the opening of a three-day High-Level Meeting on the Continuing Epidemic, said the vulnerable remained in jeopardy of being left behind as AIDS remained a development challenge.
“They are at greatest risk of being left behind as AIDS remains not just a health issue, but a broader development challenge,’’ he said.
The UNGA President acknowledged that AIDS-related deaths had reduced by 61 per cent since the peak in 2004.
Bozkir warned that in spite of the reduction, under-investment had caused many countries to fall short of the global targets set out five years ago, to fast-track the international response.
Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and humanitarian emergencies have impeded progress as health…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper