On the fightback against Aids

Prudence Mabele has died at the age of 46. AGENCIES

Prudence Mabele has died at the age of 46. AGENCIES

New infections among children nearly halved from 300,000 in 2010 to 160,000 past year, said the report.

According to the 13th Resource Tracking for HIV Prevention Working Group on Prevention Research & Development Investments, 2016, there has been a decline in investment priorities to fund the search for a vaccine for more than a decade.

With these improvements, UNAids sees the world has been on track to reach the "global target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020".

Alarmingly, AIDS-related deaths have risen in these two regions by 48% and 38% respectively.

The report, "Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90-90-90 targets", was released by UNAIDS on July 20. Under these prior administrations, the department worked to reduce the number of HIV infections across the country by treating those living with the virus and providing educational programs on prevention.

Targets now aim to have 30 million patients receiving therapy by 2020.

Since 1986, the process of embalming bodies to delay their decomposition - a custom used in about one in three deaths in France - has been denied to people with HIV/AIDS over concerns about transmission of the disease. But even in these regions, since 2010, the number of deaths has reduced by 42%. "While India has made big progress with new infections dropping significantly, the emergence of HIV in some locations that were earlier considered "not high-burden" areas is a cause for concern.", said Eamonn Murphy, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia-Pacific. Further at least 90% of those who have been diagnosed with HIV should have sustained and continuous access to medications for HIV - antiretroviral drugs.

The session was attended by UNAIDS Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan Mamadou al Sakhu, TV anchors, reporters and officials of the UNAIDS and Punjab AIDS Control Programme. Of those who know their status 77% were accessing treatment, and 82% of those accessing treatment were virally suppressed. Exceptions are only Algeria, Morocco and Belarus which has improved HIV treatment access from 2010 to 2016.

An injection may soon be available that prevents the virus spreading and could rid sufferers of the infection, a study implies.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, now provides medical care and/or services to over 765,000 individuals in 39 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. For example in eastern and southern Africa the numbers are now - 76-79-83.

This means the region as a whole is doing a fairly good job at starting people on treatment following diagnosis.

The UN report analyses the challenges being faced to set the 90-90-90 targets.

"Notably, several countries are getting closer to reaching the target".

They include Middle East and North Africa and in eastern Europe and central Asia.

At least 62,000 AIDS-related deaths occurred in 2016, compared to 150,000 in 2005-a 58.6% fall.

Eastern and southern Africa which accounts for more than half of all people suffering from HIV are leading the list.

Mr Sidibe added: 'Communities and families are thriving as AIDS is being pushed back'. Still there is a long way to go says the report.

By 2020, states the plan, 90 percent of infected people must know their status, of whom 90 percent must be on treatment. There are still 17.1 million individuals who do not have access to antiretroviral drugs and over 50% of the individuals do not have adequate viral suppression.

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