UN meet delegates says funds for HIV/AIDS control inadequate

June 11th, 2011 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Participants at UN General Assembly meeting for HIV/AIDS expressed concern that funding devoted to AIDS responses was still not commensurate with the magnitude of the epidemic and committed to work towards reducing sexual transmission of HIV by 50 percent till 2015.

According to an official press release, the UN General Assembly meeting for HIV/AIDS, which ended Friday night at New York, resolved to set specific targets on elimination of the problem through reduction in sexual transmission, elimination of mother to child transmission and putting more number of patients on antiretroviral therapy by 2015.

The member countries adopted a resolution on “Intensifying our efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS” at the end of the three-day meeting.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad led the Indian delegation at the conference which was attended by more than 3,000 delegates from 192 countries.

The release said the countries recognised that HIV and AIDS constituted a global emergency and posed one of the most formidable challenges to progress of societies.

“The members expressed deep concern that funding devoted to HIV and AIDS responses is still not commensurate with the magnitude of the epidemic either nationally or internationally, and that the global financial and economic crises continue to have a negative impact on the HIV and AIDS response at all,” it said.

The release said the countries committed to expand efforts to combat tuberculosis, which is a leading cause of death among people living with HIV and promised to accelerate research for a safe, affordable vaccine.

–Indo-Asian News Service
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