Today we commemorate World AIDS Day, a day to stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and to remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Today is also a day for us to reflect on the collective progress responding to HIV across the Federation.
Since 2005, the delivery of HIV-related services across the Federation has grown from 1.9 million in 2005 and 12.5 million in 2010, to 40.7 million in 2015. This represented proportional growth of total Sexual and Reproductive Health services from 4.6 per cent in 2005 and 13.9 per cent in 2010, to 23.2 per cent in 2015.
With this significant progress, we must ensure that we sustain these gains through our integrated approach to deliver and enable rights-based Sexual and Reproductive Health services and our globally connected movement to uphold the sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
This time last year, IPPF signed a memorandum of understanding with UNAIDS to ‘Fast-Track’ access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment options and Sexual and Reproductive Health services by 2020. Under this partnership, IPPF is committed to deliver concrete actions to reach the most underserved people and ensure young people have the knowledge and means to protect themselves from HIV. Within IPPF’s Strategic Framework 2016-2022, we have committed to deliver 1.5 billion rights-based Sexual and Reproductive Health services, including HIV, and reach 500 million young people with quality comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes.
The power to end HIV does not lie with a single individual, with a single organization, or government actor. When we leverage the unique skills that we all bring to the table, we will reach our goal of ending AIDS worldwide. This power is ours and the time to act is now.
Read full article by IPPF Director Genderal Tewodros here.