France: End AIDS Coalition launched in Paris

Paris, France (PANA) - UNAIDS has welcomed the launch of the End AIDS Coalition (EAC), a strong collaboration of leading AIDS experts, scientists, clinicians, policy-makers, faith leaders, business leaders and activists determined to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

EAC was launched during the 9th International AIDS Conference on HIV Science (23-26 July 2017) taking place in Paris, France, according to a report on the website of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

It said that the EAC aims to amplify efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by strengthening linkages across research, resources and implementation, by encouraging the aggregation and analysis of data from the global AIDS response to identify barriers and encourage efficiencies and by inspiring a movement to mobilize and engage the next generation of young leaders in the response to HIV.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Kenneth Cole, founder of the End AIDS Coalition, said the world was at a tipping point in the response to the HIV epidemic and stressed the need for all actors to join together to gain control of the epidemic before the window of opportunity closed.  

Mr. Cole, an American fashion designer and amfAR chair, is a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador.

The launch of the new coalition comes shortly after a new, "UNAIDS report, Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90-90-90 targets", showed that more than half of all people living with HIV now have access to HIV treatment and that AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005. But the report also underlined the scale of the task ahead, with new HIV infections also declining but not at the pace needed to meet global targets.

The report emphasized the need to invest in new ways of delivering HIV treatment and prevention services to people and places most in need.

“Innovation and research are critical and must be the cornerstone of our efforts,” said UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. “We cannot lose our sense of urgency. Without collaboration and investment in innovation, we will never be able to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.”

As well as calling for wider access to HIV treatment and prevention options, the EAC will also advocate for continued and sustained efforts to discover a vaccine and a cure.    
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25 juillet 2017 13:20:20

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