VOV.VN - Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attended a high-level online meeting of the UN to discuss fighting HIV/AIDS, which is taking place from June 8 to 10 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Addressing the event, Deputy PM Dam called on the entire international community to “work harder” in order to achieve the shared goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
He went on to detail Vietnam’s experience in combating HIV/AIDS, saying it can be considered necessary to ensure enough resources, especially for developing countries, and secure the supply chain of drugs as a means of eradicating the deadly virus.
It is therefore a matter of urgency to find a cure and develop a vaccine that is capable of preventing the disease, the Deputy PM told the UN gathering.
Deputy PM Dam also reiterated Vietnamese commitments, along with those made by the wider international community, that the world must work harder in order to achieve the 90-90-90 treatment target, whilst aiming even higher with targets in the future.
The world is now working toward meeting the UNAIDS Programme’s ambitious treatment target that will see 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% diagnosed with HIV receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (ARV), and 90% receiving the ARV therapy have viral suppression.
During the meeting, speakers expressed their “cautious optimism” regarding the possibility of achieving the target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
According to details provided by UNAIDS, by the end of 2020 there were 37.6 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, of whom 27.4 million were receiving treatment, a figure more than three times the number recorded back in 2010.
Most notably, AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 43% over the past decade to 690,000 in 2020. However, the leading mortality rate fell among the group of African women aged 15 - 49, and girls aged 15 - 19 were among the groups with the highest infection rate.
Moreover, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is exerting a negative impact on HIV/AIDS prevention and control efforts, making access to healthcare services in numerous countries increasingly difficult.