At its upcoming high-level meeting to draft a course of action on how to pursue the global fight against HIV/AIDS in the coming years, the United Nations should press donor countries and those with high rates of infections to scale up their efforts toward slowing down the spread of the disease, The New York Times says in recent editorial.
“The battle to slow the global AIDS epidemic has made astonishing progress over the past decade, especially in countries whose survival as functioning societies had once seemed threatened,” the editorial reads. “The question is whether the momentum can be maintained at a time when donations are falling, the need for treatment is rising, and research suggests that with sufficient resources the epidemic could be stopped in its tracks.”
The newspaper notes that despite the gains made by the international community, including a drop in the annual rate of new HIV cases by 25 percent in the last 10 years, a lot of pressing challenges remain. There are still millions of people who cannot access treatment despite being qualified for it, NYT says. It adds that at the same time, donor contributions have largely declined.
The United Nations “needs to press donor countries, and those with high infection rates, to do more, not less, for this life-or-death fight,” the newspaper argues.
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