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COVID19 threatening progress in HIV/AIDS fight –UN

The United Nations reveals that the Covid-19 pandemic has further widened the inequalities in fighting HIV and Aids.

With the world’s focus now shifted to the coronavirus pandemic, the fight against HIV/AIDS is said to have been greatly affected.

According to the UN, The Covid-19 pandemic has threated the progress that the world has made in the fight against HIV.

In a separate statement, UNAIDS has indicated that the coming in of Covid-19 is further widening the inequalities that are already there including gender inequality, racial inequality, as well as social and economic inequalities.

According to UNAIDS, globally, more than 12 million people are still waiting to get on HIV treatment, which calls for unison in fighting both the HIV and Covid-19.

Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations Winnie Byanyima on the other hand states that inequalities in health have affected the much anticipated elimination to HIV.

According to the UN, HIV still 1.7 million people became infected with HIV in 2019 and kills about 690,000 every year.

The theme for the 2020 observance is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact”.

In her remarks at the day’s commemorations in the country, UN Resident Coordinator in Malawi Mariah Jose Torres has stressed on the need for Malawians not to relax in the fight amid the COVID 19.

“Today is about solidarity and shared responsibility, we need to continue really pointing on that path,” Jose Torres said.

She went on to underscore the need for concerted efforts in the fight, adding that the AIDS fight requires a whole society approach.

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