Political Leadership Is Critical to Ending the AIDS Epidemic
July 19, 2016
The Champions highlighted some of the key issues that require attention from current political leaders, including poverty, unemployment and gender inequality.
Human rights remain an issue that must be addressed, especially among key populations, as does stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV. Adolescent girls and young women remain disproportionately affected by HIV in many countries in Africa and the need to retain girls in school and provide them with economic opportunities was highlighted by the Champions.
It's all about political will. The person in the driver's seat matters -- I am talking about us in the state house. We have to take responsibility and accept that we have obligations to focus on.
-- Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi and Champion for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa
-- Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director
-- Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa
This article was provided by UNAIDS. It is a part of the publication The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). Visit UNAIDS' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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