AIDS 2008: urging universal action

Human rights, gender issues and the strengthening of health systems are among the top issues of the AIDS 2008 – the XVII International AIDS Conference, which is joining 22,238 worldwide participants in Mexico City this week (3-8 August).

“AIDS 2008 is taking place at an unique moment in the epidemic, when there is widespread consensus on the urgency of ensuring access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010”, said Pedro Cahn, co-president of the AIDS 2008 and president of the International AIDS Society, in a press release.

However, Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, in his speech on the opening of the meeting, called the attention to the fact that “most countries still have a long way to go to meet the goal they set two years ago at the United Nations General Assembly – the goal to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010”.

Ban Ki-Moon warmly congratulate the United States government on the new legislation that will allow for US$ 48 billion to be spent on the fight against Aids, TB and malaria over five years.    

Luisa Massarani, SciDev.Net/Latin America and the Caribbean

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