What We’re Reading: UN General Assembly Hails Great Progress in the Fight to Eliminate AIDS

This week, we’re reading all about the 68th annual United Nations General Assembly.

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The international AIDS community received encouraging news this week as world leaders gathered in New York City for the 68th Annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Today, we’re reading about all of the exciting news from UNGA, including EGPAF CEO Chip Lyons’ piece in the Huffington Post, the 2013 UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic, and keeping an eye on Congress’ bi-partisan push to extend PEPFAR.

UNAIDS --   UNAIDS Reports 52 Percent Reduction in New HIV Infections Among Children

On Monday, UNAIDS released its “2013 Report on the Global AIDS epidemic” which shows a “dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV.” Thanks to HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs worldwide, the number of new pediatric HIV infections have plummeted by 52 percent. 

EGPAF Preventable Childhood Deaths Remain a Global Challenge
Despite the progress made toward curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, approximately 700 children are born HIV-positive each day. Last week, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued its annual child survival report which describes the progress made toward the international goal of reducing child mortality rates by two-thirds. 

Huffington PostMark Dybul: Strong Leadership By the UK Inspires Us All 
The United Kingdom reaffirmed its commitment to tackle AIDS, TB, and Malaria on Monday, with the announcement that it would allocate £1 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. In this opinion piece, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul praises the UK’s commitment to curbing these three deadly diseases.

United States lawmakers introduced legislation in the Senate and the House that will extend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for another 10 years.  PEPFAR supports more than 5 million people worldwide who are receiving anti-retroviral drugs. The move by U.S. Congress perpetuates a week of excitement and momentum toward halting the spread of HIV/AIDS.