2019 saw the lowest number of HIV-related deaths since 1993—but despite substantial progress, the global AIDS fight is set to miss 2020 targets as COVID-19 threatens “to blow us completely of course,” according to UNAIDS’ executive director, Winnie Byanyima, AP reports.
Children in particular are missing out, warns the WHO/UNAIDS report released yesterday.
The survey found:
- 73 countries risk of running out of HIV medicines
- 840,000 children and teens with the virus are missing out on life-saving drugs
- Infections are down 23% since 2010—progress, but the goal was 75%
- New infections are down in Eastern and southern Africa but are up 20% in Latin America since 2010; 72% in eastern Europe and central Asia
The only answer: redouble efforts. “We can’t risk backsliding, as the progress to date is too precious not to preserve,” says Eric Goemaere of MSF-South Africa.