She said WHO has now embarked on a mission to end the

She said WHO has now embarked on a mission to end the

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She said WHO has now embarked on a mission to end the
AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 as part of Sustainable Development Goal 3.3.
This is through an interim goal which aims to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020–that is identifying 90 per cent of people living with HIV, putting 90 per cent of them on effective treatment and ensuring that 90 per cent of those on treatment have successfully suppressed the multiplication of HIV in their bodies.
She said despite having political will, commitment and an active, engaging civil society that has steered the HIV response from the lanes of “despondency to the path of hope”, only one in two people living with HIV know their status and of those that do know, only half are on treatment.
“This is unacceptable. We cannot let go of the momentum and give up on a public health success that will go down in the annals of history as a shining example of public health success led by the public and enabled by governments in partnership with development partners and academia,” she said.
Providing HIV services within a universal healthcare framework reaps rich dividends as in the case of Thailand which achieved elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in June 2016, she said.
“As treatment expands, people with HIV live longer and are at risk of diseases related to lifestyles and ageing, i.e.
noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
“We know that people with HIV on lifelong treatment are at higher risk of NCDs, and non-AIDS illnesses are now major causes of mortality among people living with HIV. This calls for a chronic care model within a primary care approach,” she said.
She said the global health body has been updating evidence on prevention, testing, treatment, monitoring, including drug resistance, and service delivery approaches.
The Global Strategy on Health Sector Response to HIV 2016 2021, endorsed by all member countries at the World Health Assembly in May 2016, provides the framework for effective and sustainable implementation of evidence-based interventions. PTI TDS
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